China to try Uighurs this week over protests: Report

China officially raised the death toll to 197 in police crackdown, but accepted to kill only 12 Uighurs.

China to try Uighurs this week over protests: Report

China is likely to begin trials this week over "deadly riots in Xinjiang" last month, with hundreds facing "murder, arson and other charges", the official China Daily said on Monday.

East Turkistan was occupied by the communist China in 1949 and its name was changed to "Xinjiang" in 1955. The communist China has been excersizing a colonial rule over the East Turkistan since then.

China blames Uighurs on deaths of 197 people in a police crakdown after the protests.

China officially raised the death toll to 197 in police crackdown, but accepted to kill only 12 Uighurs.

More than 200 people have been formally arrested in connection with "ethnic rioting" on July 5 and trials are expected to start this week, the China Daily reported, citing an unnamed prosecutor in Urumqi, the regional capital of Uighur region.

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.

The Urumqi court did not respond to a phone call from Reuters.

Earlier this month, authorities said 83 people had been formally arrested for the protests.

World Uighur Congress said that near 800 Uigurs were killed during a
week-violence after Han Chineses attacks and following intervention of
China forces.

"A drastic increase in security is expected in the whole city (of Urumqi) in response to an expected mass gathering of Han and Uygur (Uighur) people awaiting the court verdicts," the report said, citing an unnamed police source.
The suspects face charges including "murder, arson, robbery, vandalism and "organising crowds to disrupt public order," said the report. It did not specify how many may be tried this week.

Uighur independence advocates say that China, which is preparing to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic on Oct. 1, is deliberately drawing Han Chinese into the region to stifle Uighur influence.

Many Uighurs resent Han Chinese rule, complaining they're marginalised economically and politically in their own land, while having to tolerate a rising influx of Han Chinese migrants.

Meanwhile, human rights groups accuse Beijing of using claims of "terrorism" as an excuse to crack down on peaceful pro-independence sentiment and expressions of Uighur identity.

East Turkistan, that has 8 million Uighurs, borders Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, has abundant oil reserves and is a largest natural gas-producing region, claimed by China.


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