URUMQI, July 7 (Xinhua) -- A Xinjiang official Tuesday vowed severe punishment for the mob in the "deadliest riot since New China was founded in 1949."
Vehicles set on fire and destroyed in Sunday night's riot are seen on Beiwan Street in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, July 6, 2009. (Xinhua/Shen Qiao)
Sunday's riot in Urumqi has killed 156 people and injured more than 1,000, the largest number of casualties in any single incident of its kind in six decades.
"The rioters violated laws and harmed the fundamental interests of all Chinese ethnic groups," said Li Zhi, Communist Party of China (CPC) chief of Urumqi.
Li Zhi, secretary of the Urumqi City Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), speaks during a government press conference on the riot that killed 156 people and injured more than 1,000 Sunday in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on July 7, 2009.(Xinhua/Sadat)
Police in Xinjiang have arrested 1,434 suspects over Sunday's deadly riot, including 1,379 men and 55 women. They are said to have conducted violent acts of killing, beating, smashing, looting and burning.
While those under arrest might be released if no serious criminal records were found, Li said authorities would not let pass those who were still at large.
Chinese embassy in Netherlands attacked by supporters of Xinjiang separatists
BRUSSELS, July 6 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands was attacked and partly damaged on Monday by supporters of separatists in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to news reaching here from The Hague.
About 150 Xinjiang separatist supporters began to gather outside the Chinese Embassy at around 12:30 p.m. local time, according to officials of the embassy. Full story
Fresh chaos erupts in Urumqi
URUMQI, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Chaos were seen in a number of places in Urumqi Tuesday afternoon, nearly two days after the deadly violence.
Many people were gathering or running in panic at the Urumqi South Railway Station, Changjiang Road, Yangzijiang Road and some other places at around 1 p.m..
Roadside shops were shut down. Full story
Death toll in Xinjiang riot rises to 156
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)
URUMQI,July 7 (Xinhua) -- Death toll has risen to 156 following the riot Sunday evening in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to official sources.
Li Yi, head of the publicity department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Xinjiang regional committee, said early Tuesday morning that the dead include 129 men and 27 women. Full story
Xinjiang Party chief slashes riot which kills 140
URUMQI, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Xinjiang Communist Party of China (CPC) chief Wang Lequan said Monday the riot in Urumqi revealed the violent and terrorist nature of the separatist World Uyghur Congress leader Rebiya Kadeer.
"The riot has destroyed the spiritual support with which the terrorist, separatist and extremist forces cheated the people to participate in the so-called 'Jihad'," Wang said in an interview with Xinjiang TV. Full story
Traffic blockade remains in some streets of NW Chinese city
URUMQI, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Riot-plagued Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, was slowly returning calm but traffic blockade remained in some streets Monday night after the riot on Sunday evening killed at least 156 people.
Police officers were seen wearing riot gear and standing guard in downtown areas. Police vehicles kept patrolling the blockaded streets including Xinhua South Road and Renmin Road Monday night. Full story
Police have evidence of World Uyghur Congress masterminding Xinjiang riot
URUMQI, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Police in northwest China's Xinjiang region said Monday they have evidence that the separatist World Uyghur Congress led by Rebiya Kadeer masterminded the Sunday riot that left 140 people dead.
An unidentified spokesman of the Xinjiang regional department of public security said some people used "a number of telephones outside the country" to direct mobs in Xinjiang to stage the violence.
Police have obtained recordings of calls between overseas Eastern Turkestan groups and their accomplices in the country, the officer said. Full story
Commentary: Riot a catastrophe for Xinjiang
BEIJING, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Sunday's deadly riot in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region bruised the beautiful city of Urumqi and shocked the world, barely 16 months after the nightmarish Lhasa violence that still clings to many Chinese minds. Full story
Eyewitness accounts of Xinjiang riot
URUMQI, July 6 (Xinhua) -- When sunshine fell upon the ruins which used to be a supermarket, Liu Jie, the owner, was still frightened by Sunday's nightmare.
The supermarket, in Houquan street, lost more than 900,000 yuan (132,353 U.S. dollars) in the riot.
In the street, five buses and four cars were burned and a driver was missing, said the lady in her 30s, quivering and crying. Her hands and legs were black from dust and ashes. Full story
Backgrounder: Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
Backgrounder: Previous unrests in China's Xinjiang region