China has executed nine Uighurs for taking part in July's ethnic unrest in the
western city of Urumqi.
The official Xinhua news agency says the nine
were the first of those convicted in the riots to be executed. It said the
sentences were carried out with the approval of the country's supreme
Violence erupted in the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi on
July 5, after Uighurs protested the deaths of two Uighur factory workers in a
brawl with Han Chinese in southern China's Guangdong province.
say the protests turned violent when police cracked down on the rally.
Protesters then attacked ethnic Han people in the regional capital. Two days
later, Han Chinese staged revenge attacks.
Nearly 200 people are
believed to have been killed, but the official toll is much lower.
least 21 people have been sentenced in connection with the Urumqi riots, in
crimes ranging from murder to arson, robbery and destruction of property. Twelve
people have been sentenced to death.
information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.