Posts Tagged ‘Arrests’
Yesterday’s riots in the city of Urumqi, located in China’s western Xinjiang province, have left at least 156 people dead and over 800 people injured. Xinhua (Chinese State Media) claims there have been over 1434 arrests.
Xinhua further reports the government said: “An initial investigation showed the violence was masterminded by the separatist World Uighur Congress led by Rebiya Kadeer.” Kadeer is considered the Uigher leader and lives in exile in the United States.
Many in Xinjiang have long campaigned to gain independence from China, which is made up of prominently Han Chinese, while Xinjiang is primarily Uigher Muslims.
The CNN article on the topic is here:http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/06/china.uyghur.protest/index.html
There are reports that Supreme Leader Khamenei will deliver a speech at Tehran University on Friday. This comes just days after a brutal crackdown aginst Mousavi supporters at the University where many were arrested and some even killed.
The LA Times says that 1500 people have been arrested, beaten, and then released from prison.
“A source inside the capital’s Evin Prison said upward of 1,500 people, mostly young men, have been arrested during the clashes and roughed up in prison before being let go with warnings.”
According to The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran all attorneys on Arbitrary Detentions Investigations Committee have been arrested.
The detainees include numerous political figures, intellectuals, civil leaders, human rights activists, and journalists.
The ‘situations in detention could be life-threatening’
Below is the site with the report:
Hundreds of people have been arrested in Tehran and taken to Evin, a high-securty prison infamous for its political prisoner’s wing after the 1979 Revolution. Since the protests were largely peaceful, it is unclear whether the arrested are protestors or activists responding to the media shut-down.