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People in Xinjiang condemn violent crimes
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14:26, July 07, 2009

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As of 5 pm on July 6, public order had essentially been restored in Urumqi. All circles of society strongly condemned the severe violent crime involving beating, smashing, looting and burning that took place on July 5, 2009.

The severe violent crimes involving beating, smashing, looting and burning were both expected and unexpected, said Ma Pinyan, a researcher at the Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences. "Separatist forces in China and abroad have consistently tried to undermine stability and solidarity in Xinjiang. In particular, during the Beijing Olympic Games, they instigated a series of violent and appalling incidents in Xinjiang, but these acts were quickly crushed. This year, they again planned to cause disturbances before National Day. They intentionally wait for opportunities to wreak havoc. However, such a disastrous tragedy was unexpected. We believe that the autonomous region's Party committee and its people's government are capable of bringing the incident under control, and guaranteeing stability in Xinjiang," he said.

Reporters rushed to the Changleyuan community on Zhonghuan Road to conduct interviews on July 6. Chen Li, one of the residents, told reporters, "On the night of July 5, rioters burned down a four-storey hotel outside Changleyuan community's rear entrance, throwing the entire community into panic. Children dare not go out to play and adults dare not go onto the streets. These detestable thugs are trampling on other people's lives!"

Affected by the violent incidents, stores and hotels on some streets in Urumqi remain closed. Business centers in Daximen and Xiaoximen, which used to buzz with activity, have become deserted with only a few visitors passing by. Li Zhongxi, a businessman from Zhejiang, said, "Xinjiang has developed rapidly over the last two years. The incident will certainly severely affect the investment environment and the tourism industry here. The real victims in the end are the ordinary people of Xinjiang."

Kadeliya, a 23-year-old Uygur girl, is now receiving treatment at the People's Hospital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for head injuries inflicted during the violent crimes of beating, smashing, looting and burning.

Recalling what happened on the night of July 5, she said it is like a nightmare. With bandages wrapped around her head, she said, "On July 5, I was on the bus No. 106 on my way home in Shanxixiang. Around 8 pm, when the bus approached Shanxixiang, traffic started to pile up at the front intersection as rioters were smashing cars on the streets. The driver opened the door to let us get off the bus. At that moment, chaos broke out on the bus. As I was getting off, the back of my head was hit hard by something like a club. My condition did not stabilize until first-aid personnel rushed me to the hospital. These rioters injured me; I cannot understand how their acts are benefiting Uygur people.”

The people hurrying around the Urumqi People's Plaza looked solemn. When interviewed by reporters, a lady said, "The violent incident on July 5 severely affected ordinary people. After watching the televised speech by the autonomous region's chairman, the public understood the truth. Some rioters with covert intentions had deliberately used a criminal accident to incite ethnic conflict. China must not let forces of terrorism; separatism and extremism succeed, and must not damage solidarity among ethnic groups."

By People's Daily Online


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