Mosque demolition sparks China ‘riots’

The Times of India, 3 January 2012

BEIJING: Hundreds of Muslims fought with armed police who demolished a mosque in north China, local police and a human rights group said on Monday, with several people injured in the “riot” .

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Chinese Muslims clash with police over mosque demolishment

Today’s Zaman, 3 January 2012

Violence broke out between hundreds of Chinese Muslims and police in the village of Taoshan in Ningxia when a mosque was demolished by the local government, Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ICHRD) reported on Tuesday.

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Children Caught In Crossfire

RFA, 3 January 2012

Five children remain detained in a village in China’s Xinjiang region five days after a fight between police and ethnic Uyghurs.

Neighbors and teachers are concerned over the fate of five ethnic Uyghur children who are believed injured and among those detained by police in China’s troubled Xinjiang region following deadly clashes last week.

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Shot ‘terrorists’ may have been religious refugees

The Independent, 2 January 2012
By Clifford Coonan

A group of seven alleged kidnappers killed by Chinese police in the troubled Xinjiang region last week were ethnic Uighurs trying to flee the province, a new report claims. It also says that women and children were caught in the crossfire.

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Crowd fights Chinese police at mosque demolition

AP, 2 January 2012
By JOE McDONALD

BEIJING (AP) — A crowd of Muslims fought with police who demolished a mosque in China’s northwest, a police employee and a human rights group said Monday.

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China dissident lawyer Gao Zhisheng ‘in Xinjiang jail’

BBC News, 2 January 2012

One of China’s best known dissidents, missing for 20 months, is now said to be in a Xinjiang prison.

Gao Zhisheng, a lawyer, was arrested in February 2009, released briefly in March 2010 and disappeared soon after.

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