URUMQI, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Traffic control was
partially lifted Monday morning in parts of Urumqi, capital of northwest China's
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region after a deadly riot late Sunday, but tension
still exists in the city.
Firemen put out a fire in Dawannanlu
Street in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous
Region on July 5, 2009. (Xinhua/Shen Qiao)
With the exception of Yan'an Road, Tuanjie Road, a
road near Xinjiang University, and Ningxiawan in the suburbs of Urumqi,
blockades in downtown Urumqi have been removed.
Debris has been cleared from the roads and normal
traffic has resumed. Workers are still pulling away damaged vehicles from the
worst-affected roads in the city.
But most shops in areas where the violence occurred
remained closed as of Monday morning.
At a market on Guangming Road, only ten stalls
selling vegetables and fruit opened Monday morning, compared with dozens of
stalls on normal days. The market is usually crowded.
Li Guifang, a resident near the market, said they had
heard the violence last night and few residents came to the market in the
Photo taken on July 5, 2009 shows a shop
being burned in a street of Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang
Uygur Autonomous Region.(Xinhua/Sadat)
Armed police are patrolling streets that are still
In Ningxiawan, firefighters were still struggling to
put out a fire at a shop Monday morning.
Residents in Urumqi said they still felt no sense of
safety although the order was being restored.
A young couple, who witnessed the violent scene in
Ningxiawan, said they had "little sense of safety and would leave the area
The couple, from Korla, southwest of Urumqi, said
they had planned to buy a house in the capital city.
An injured man is carried to an urgent
care center in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region on July 5, 2009.(Xinhua/Shen Qiao)
A total of 129 people were killed and 816 others injured in the violence in Urumqi, when rioters took to the street with knives, wooden batons, bricks and stones at around 7 p.m. Sunday, according to the regional government. The rioters also vandalized vehicles and buildings.
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following Sunday night's riot in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang
Uygur Autonomous Region, the regional government said Monday. Full story
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Civilians and armed police officer
killed in NW China violence
URUMQI, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Violence in Urumqi, capital of
northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has left at least three
civilians and an armed police officer" dead on Sunday, sources with the regional
government said early Monday. Full story
Backgrounder: Xinjiang Uygur
Backgrounder: Previous unrests in
China's Xinjiang region