Chinese police break up Urumqi protests with teargas

Chinese security forces used teargas to disperse protesters in Urumqi today, state media have reported, one day after tens of thousands took to the streets demanding improved security and the resignation of a top official following alleged syringe attacks.

The state news agency Xinhua said more than 1,000 demonstrators confronted armed police, blocking them from approaching government offices today, while a smaller group of around 100 gathered elsewhere in the capital of China's restive northwestern region of Xinjiang. Reuters reported that hundreds of Han Chinese tried to push their way through security barriers to a Uighur neighbourhood earlier in the morning.

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This area's meltdown between ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese has got to have officials in Beijing sweating bullets.

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