China to demolish buildings of exiled Uighur woman in Urumqi
Three buildings owned by the family of Rebiya Kadeer in Urumqi will be demolished, Xinhua news agency said.
Three buildings owned by the family of exiled exiled leader of World Uighur Congress, Rebiya Kadeer, Rebiya Kadeer in Urumqi will be demolished, Xinhua news agency said in a move China ratchets up pressure on Uighurs under divisive policy.
China ordered to demolish The Akida Trade Center, a building full of Uighur shops owned by the Akida Industry and Trade Co founded by Kader, Xinhua said, confirming a report on Aug. 19 by the Uyghur American Association.
More than 30 members of Kadeer's family, including siblings, children and grandchildren, had been living on upper floors of the building, the UAA said.
The Akida company building and the Tuanjie, or Unity, theater, would also be torn down, Xinhua said. Those properties were also owned by Kadeer and her family.
At least two of Kadeer's sons who are still in China are in jail, while a daughter is under house arrest. Her oldest son manages her business interests in China.
The government ordered shops and businesses in central Urumqi to close early on Monday, giving rise to a wave of rumours of new unrest among citizens panicked by mysterious needle attacks.
Police received another 77 reports of needle attacks between Sunday evening and Monday evening, despite threatened punishments for both attackers and rumour-mongerers, Xinhua said.
A Han Chinese crowd also tried to beat up a Uighur on Monday.
China sacked officials after thousands of Han Chinese demonstrated in Urumqi last week, calling for the ouster of regional party secretary Wang Lequan.
Uighur demonstrators took the streets in Urumqi on July 5 to protest against Han Chineses' attacks on Uighurs workers at a factory in south China in June which left two Uighurs dead. 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.
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