29 November 2012
(c) 2012 Kyodo News
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.