China protest reels in around 140 dead, 800 injured

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Chinese police authorities and Muslim Uighur protesters clashed in China’s Xinjiang region on Sunday, leading to the deaths of at least 140 people, with more than 800 others injured. Local media are reporting that the number of deaths resulting from the incident is still climbing.

Authorities have put the city of Urumqi under marshal law since Monday, when more than 1,000 protesters armed with knives and sticks started burning buses and cars in the city’s main bazaar.

The Sunday protest was calling for the arrest of the Han Chinese murderers of two Muslim Uighur men who were killed in a fight between the two ethnic groups when an Uighur male was supposedly wrongfully accused of assaulting a female Han Chinese in the toy company where they were employed.