1,500 suspects detained for Urumqi riots in China

URUMQI - Chinese Police have arrested 1,572 people in connection with the July 5 riots in Urumqi in northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, officials said.

The authorities detained more than 1,000 people a day after the riots in which 197 people were killed and hundreds injured.

On Sunday the authorities detained 319 people in connection with the riots. The arrests are in addition to the 253 people detained July 29.

However, a number of detainees had been released who were taken into custody earlier.

A police spokesman would not say how many of the detainees were released and declined to give more information other than the number of people detained Sunday.

The people who have been arrested will face charges in connection with the riot, the Urumqi Public Security Bureau said in a statement.

“They were arrested in Urumqi or in other parts of Xinjiang,” it said.

Days after the violence, the public security departments of Xinjiang and Urumqi issued notices urging people to turn in suspects who were still at large.

“Every suspect, without any exception, will be arrested and punished according to the law to root out any hidden danger,” the statement added.

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