Internet cafes suffer as Beijing cuts connection

Computer screens at hundreds of internet cafes around Urumqi flickered with life but the seats in front of them were empty. With the city's connection cut in the wake of the riots, business at some establishments is down as much as 90 per cent.

Monday, 13 July, 2009, 12:00am

Business resumes, but industries count the cost

Most businesses had returned to normal in Urumqi as of yesterday, though the region's officials said the tourism and airline industries had seen sharp declines in the past week due to the aftershock of ethnic clashes since last Sunday.

12 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Credible riot probe can restore China's standing

Beijing has finally broken its silence over the deadly Xinjiang riots. However, the statement put out after a Politburo meeting chaired by President Hu Jintao was predictable. As expected, it promised harsh punishment for the perpetrators and a crackdown on troublemakers. It blamed the violence on 'the three forces of terrorism, separatism and extremism at home and abroad'.

11 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Handouts for families of 'innocent' victims

The Xinjiang government yesterday started handing out money to families who lost members in the ethnic clashes in Urumqi - a move apparently aimed at pacifying the grieving crowds and warding off fresh unrest.

11 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Tens of thousands of cancelled trips big blow to summer tourist season

Tourism, a pillar of Xinjiang's economy, has been hard hit by the ethnic strife in Urumqi .

Industry experts said summer was the peak season for Xinjiang's travel industry, but tens of thousands of trip cancellations would be another blow to the autonomous region's economy.

10 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Stop killing, start talking

It's very sad to see all the riots in Xinjiang . I'm not sure exactly what started it, but I know that in Hong Kong, when we have protests, people do not burn cars and kill each other, and people do not end up shot in the streets.

10 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Uygurs fear reprisals as frustration mounts

Many Uygurs who live alongside Han Chinese in Urumqi neighbourhoods do not dare return to their home for fear of being a target of revenge, following Sunday's riots in which many Han Chinese reportedly died.

They also complained of unfair media coverage of the aftermath of the riots, which left at least 156 dead and over 800 injured.

9 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Keeping region open to media crucial, experts say

The decision to allow independent media to stay in Urumqi was correct and it was crucial that Beijing kept Xinjiang open to world media, experts said yesterday.

As of last night, reporters were allowed to stay in the city even as armed police and soldiers patrolled the streets, and there were reports of some confrontations between Han and Uygurs.

9 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Posted photos source of western media gaffes

Since the controversial Iranian presidential election last month, social-networking website Twitter has become a powerful source for outsiders attempting to find out what really happened.

In the case of the Xinjiang riot, which broke out in Urumqi on Sunday, overseas media also used pictures posted by netizens on Twitter.

8 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Sunday violence limited to capital

The bloody violence in Xinjiang on Sunday was largely confined to the capital Urumqi, autonomous region officials and businesses in other cities reported yesterday.

7 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Censors allow reports on state media, but go to work on internet

Government media acted promptly to release information on the Urumqi riots on Sunday night, while unofficial channels of information were strictly censored, a sign that Beijing had learned its lessons from last year's violence in Tibet.

7 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Security Bureau urges HK tourists in Xinjiang capital to remain alert

Hong Kong travellers in Urumqi have been urged to stay alert for their safety.

At least 130 people from Hong Kong are touring Xinjiang , with about 30 in Urumqi when a riot unfolded yesterday. The 30 tourists, travelling in groups from Hong Thai Travel Services and Wing On Travel, were safe, the two agencies said.

7 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Incidents involving officer shootings

November 29, Kunming A man who injures three people and holds two others hostage is gunned down

November 28, Shenzhen A suspected car thief is shot dead after resisting arrest

November 12, Shenzhen A suspected motorcycle thief is shot dead while attempting to attack a police officer

30 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Mock attack on service station tests Urumqi police, firefighters

Dozens of Urumqi police were mobilised for an anti-terrorism drill in the capital of Xinjiang, Xinhua said yesterday.

The exercise on Thursday, which comes a little more than three months before the Olympics, involved a mock attack on a petrol station by a criminal gang, with thick smoke from an explosion shrouding the building.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

Uygur woman admits plot to hijack, crash plane

A young Uygur woman has confessed to an attempt to hijack and crash a passenger plane from Urumqi , Xinjiang, this month as part of a terrorist plot, the Ministry of Public Security said online yesterday.

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am