Originally published by Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 16 July 2010
Chinese authorities are demolishing hundreds of buildings in an area of Urumqi, in the country’s northwest which is home to many Muslim Uighers. More than 200-thousand people lived in the Heijiashan area, one of the flashpoints for the ethnic violence that erupted last July, leaving nearly 200 dead. The government now says it wants to build a new residential development to prevent a repeat of the violence. But there are fears the move will only increase tension and lead to further unrest.
Presenter: Helene Hofman
Speakers: Dru Gladney, Director, Pacific Basin Institute, California; Alim Seytoff, spokesman, World Uyghur Congress; Sophie Richardson, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
HOOFMAN: Heijiashan is home to the majority of Urumqi’s Muslim Uighur population.Continue Reading →