World Bulletin / News Desk
A court in southern China has handed out a death sentence to a Han Chinese man involved in a brawl in July blamed for being the trigger to Urumqi protests that killed hundreds of Uighurs, Reuters said.
State media said a group of Han Chinese attacked ethnic Uighur workers at a factory in Shaoguan, Guangdong province, after a rumour spread that some Uighurs had raped two women. But no evicence found on rape allegations.
The courts in Shaoguan also gave another man life imprisonment, and nine others got sentences ranging from five to eight years in jail, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Two Uighur workers were beaten to death in the fight, and three others were severely injured, the report said.
After the rumor, Han then turned on the Uighurs, beating them with iron bars and stopping medical personnel from treating the wounded, it added.
The man given the death sentence was a Han Chinese.
Following the incidents at factory, Uighur demonstrators took the streets in Urumqi on July 5 to protest against Han Chineses. But Hans in Urumqi sought bloody revenge two days later.
World Uighur Congress said that near 800 Uigurs were killed during a week-violence after Han Chineses attacks and following intervention of China forces. The China governmnet put the death toll 197.
Video appeared showing Chinese lynch that sparked Uighur protests. Exiled Uighur leaders said the protests were peaceful until security forces over-reacted with deadly force.
Chinese police arrested 1,434 Uighurs two days after killing thousands and wounding more than 1,000 since Uighurs started the protests in the capital Urumqi.