Chinese police crack down on Uyghur protest in Henan: report

Chinese police crack down on Uyghur protest in Henan: report

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29 November 2012

15:59

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HONG KONG, Nov. 29 -- Chinese police cracked down on a protest overnight involving about 1,000 ethnic Uyghurs in central China's Henan Province, resulting in at least 50 injuries, a Hong Kong-based human rights watchdog said Thursday.

The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said the protest in the province's Zhenping County stemmed from an incident Wednesday in which a Han Chinese man allegedly lifted a Uyghur girl's face scarf, prompting a scuffle between him and some Uyghurs.

Uyghurs angered at the disrespectful act later massed at a government office. As they tried to force their way in, they were confronted by about 1,000 policemen, the watchdog said.

It said a major clash broke out at night when police began dispersing the crowd and taking away some protesters. Three police cars were wrecked while some 50 Uyghurs were injured.

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