Han Chinese stabs to death Uighur man in Shenzhen

A Uighur man was stabbed to death in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, a newspaper said.

Han Chinese stabs to death Uighur man in Shenzhen

A Uighur man was stabbed to death in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, a sign of lingering tensions after a factory brawl last summer sparked bloody ethnic riots in Urumqi, a newspaper said on Saturday.

Energy-rich Xinjiang, name China calls in 1944, homeland to the Muslim Uighur people and strategically located in central Asia, has been struck in recent years by attacks and riots blamed by Uighurs on Han Chineses and Beijing of sparking ethnic violence.

The ethnic Uighur man was attacked by a Han Chinese man in a restaurant in Shenzhen, a city close to Shaoguan in Guangdong province where a massive brawl broke out at a factory between a group of Han Chinese and Uighur workers from East Turkistan last June, the South China Morning Post reported.

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.

"I can't say the suspect was targeting Uighurs. But this is a traumatising experience for me. We will return to Xinjiang once police finish questioning," the Uighur owner of the Xinjiang barbeque restaurant was quoted as saying by the paper.

Seven Han Chinese men were arrested and reportedly fired from their jobs afterwards.

"The case is very sensitive, especially after the Xinjiang riots last July," a manager of the Hongtaide Property Management Company, where the men had worked, was quoted as saying.

Police in Guangzhou recently detained three people for spreading rumours that a group of Uighurs had been beaten up.

Reuters
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