Report of Clash Disputes China’s Account

The New York Times, 31 December 2011
By EDWARD WONG

BEIJING — The latest report about a confrontation on Wednesday in the far western region of Xinjiang appeared to contradict versions carried by the state media that suggested the police had killed “violent terrorists” on their way to jihad training.

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Women Killed, Children Captured In Standoff

RFA, 31 December 2011

Women and children were among a group of Uyghurs confronted by authorities while fleeing China.

New details emerging from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region indicate that at least two of seven ethnic Uyghurs killed in a confrontation with police were women, and that children as young as seven years old were among those detained following the violence.

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Rival claims over Xinjiang killings

The Standard, 30 December 2011

Beijing said a police operation to free hostages in the restive Xinjiang region left seven “terrorists” dead, but an exile group said the incident was the fallout of a desperate protest by local Uygurs.

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WUC Condemns “Terrorism” Allegations after Violent Incident in Hotan Prefecture

Press Release – For immediate release
29 December 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress (WUC) www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

According to the state-controlled Xinhua news agency, on 28 December 2011 seven Uyghurs were shot dead in an alleged hostage rescue in Guma (Chinese: Pishan) county, Hotan Prefecture, East Turkestan, and four others were wounded and arrested. The Chinese authorities claimed a group of “violent terrorists” were responsible for the kidnapping of two people and immediately linked the kidnapping – in typical fashion – to “a surge in religious extremism.” So far, there have not been any independent witness accounts of the incident, and the WUC therefore calls on the international community to view the official account with caution.

“This incident shows that Chinese government’s policy of arbitrary killing Uyghurs continues,” said WUC president Rebiya Kadeer on Thursday. “As in the past, Chinese security forces killed the alleged perpetrators and then announced that they were “terrorists”. These kinds of incidents happen all the time. We call on the international community to view the Chinese government’s account of the incident with caution. We call on the U.S., United Nations and European Union as well as the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to raise concern with Chinese officials over the arbitrary killings and the extreme repression being carried out in East Turkestan.”

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Police shoot 7 ‘terrorists’ to end kidnapping in China’s restive Central Asia border area

The Washington Post, 29 December 2011

BEIJING — Police in China’s restive Central Asia border area fatally shot seven members of a Muslim ethnic group in what officials said Thursday was an attempt to end a kidnapping by terrorists, but what a rights group said was excessive force.

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Seven ‘kidnappers’ killed in China’s Xinjiang

BBC News, 29 December 2011

Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region say seven kidnappers have been killed and two hostages rescued.

The deceased were believed to be part of a “terror gang”, state media said. Four others were wounded and arrested.

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China police kill seven hostage-takers in Xinjiang

AFP, 29 December 2011
By Marianne Barriaux

BEIJING — China said Thursday a police operation to free hostages in the restive Xinjiang region had left seven “terrorists” dead, but an exile group described the incident as a desperate protest by local Uighurs.

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Uyghurs shot to death in Guma County, amid intense state-led repression

For immediate release
December 29, 2011, 4:15 pm EST
Contact: Uyghur American Association +1 (202) 478 1920

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) is extremely concerned about the reported killings of seven Uyghurs on December 28 in Guma (Chinese: Pishan) County, which took place amid an official “strike hard” campaign in East Turkestan. UAA strongly protests Chinese authorities’ use of terrorist claims to justify the killings of these Uyghurs.

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