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China sentences man to death for factory brawl that sparked riots

China sentences man to death for factory brawl that sparked riots

One man was sentenced to death and a second handed a life prison term over a factory brawl in southern China that sparked deadly unrest in the northwest Xinjiang region, authorities said yesterday.
Nine others were given jail terms of five to eight years for their roles in the fight in Guangdong province in June that left two Uighur men dead, a statement on the website of the provincial high court read.
The brawl erupted between members of the Uighur minority and Han Chinese workers at a Hong Kong-owned factory over Internet rumors about an alleged rape.
A subsequent protest by the Uighur community in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi against the factory brawl descended into violence on July 5, with at least 197.
A Han Chinese man, Xiao Jianhua, was sentenced to death after the court accused him of being the instigator of the factory fight, inciting his co-workers to join in and stopping medical workers from treating the injured.
Three Uighur workers were sentenced to five to six years in prison for participating in group affray in connection with the incident, the statement said.


Updated : 2021-10-16 07:59 GMT+08:00