BEIJING - China will reportedly put more than 200 people on trial this week for alleged involvement in the country’s worst ethnic violence in decades, an apparent move to draw a line under the episode but one that analysts say is unlikely to address grievances that spawned the unrest.
The hearings will take place in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang and the site of the violence last month that killed nearly 200 people and injured 1,700, the state-run China Daily reported yesterday.
The rioting pitted indigenous Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighurs against members of China’s dominant Han ethnic group.
The speed with which the suspects are going on trial seems to reflect a government desire to appease public anger by bringing swift justice upon those they blame for the violence.
The suspects will face charges ranging from vandalizing public property to murder, the newspaper reported yesterday.
Officials have offered little direct information about the investigation into the riots that broke out July 5 after police stopped an initially peaceful protest by Uighur youths.