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Urumqi Riot In Eyewitness Recall

10 August 2009
 

The following is the translation of the excerpt of an online post by an Urumqi local resident:

I'm an Urumqi resident with ethnic Han background, now I'm on a business trip in Beijing. After July 5, many people in Urumqi have lots of things to say to the world, but the Internet is down in the region and only by now I have a chance to log online.

What I witnessed on that day makes me unable to sleep at night. I thank you all for your sincerely care and warm compassion.

One of my friends at the time watched through a window in a building on Gold Silver Avenue (金银大道) a dozen Uighur mobs bashing a woman to death in front of her child. After the mobs stripped the woman's dead body naked and threw her into a burning fire, they turned on the panic-stricken child and went on to bash him to death. Since then, my friend keeps retelling this terrible incident to me every day, and said he relived this hellish moment in his dreams every night. He could not understand how a human being could do some thing like this.

I was born and grown up in Xinjiang, and Xinjiang is my homeland. But after the riot, many of my friends, including me, think of moving away from this place. If those in the government reckon that Western media's biased opinion is more important than our lives, and if they only dare to deal with those criminals after Han people's dead bodies displayed in the streets, then where is the basic human right for the majority of people (Han, over 95%) in China?

I participated in the revenge congregation on July 7, and I can tell everyone here, during the incident, Han did have hurt some innocent Uighurs, but only very few, and definitely no Uighur children, women and old people were involved. The leaders of the congregation were the family members of the riot victims. But the military forces took the control of the situation so quick and the crowd was dispersed swiftly [which is in stark contrast to what happened on July 5 when Uighur mobs were allowed to go on their killing spree for a good 6 hours - the local authority dared not to send police force to crackdown the riot for fear of the Western condemnation. How pathetic it is!].

I may just say this much right now because the night is deep and I have to go to bed. I'm just a humble citizen who only wishes to make a bit more money and that's all.

The excerpt of the original Chinese text by the author:

我是乌鲁木齐的汉族市民,现在北京出差,7.5后,很多人都有话说,但没有网络只能憋着。借这个平台,有几句话给大家说。

感谢各位同胞,你们让我很感动,7月5号那天我目睹的很多事让我无法在夜里安睡,但在这里我能感受到你们的温情,谢谢你们!

我的朋友在金银大道隔着玻璃窗目睹十几个畜生当着一个孩子的面打死了母亲,又剥掉死去母亲的衣服将尸体扔进火堆,然后又打死了这个已经崩溃的孩子,他给我说十几天了,他的梦境里都是这个地狱般的场景,人,怎么能做出这样的事?!

我出生在了新疆,我喝天山雪水长大,新疆就是我的家,7.5之后,我的很多朋友都动了回内地的念头,包括我。如果食肉者认为心怀偏见的西方媒体的说法要比我们草民的生命重要,如果只有我们的尸体摆在那里政府才能理直气壮,那我们的生命实在太卑贱了!

7.7号那天的游行我也去了,当天早上收到的串联短信现在还在我的手机上,告诉大家,汉族人也伤害无辜了,但数量少之又少,因为军队的行动实在太迅速了,而且的确没有打过维族的妇女和老人,更不要说孩子,领头的都是家里有伤亡的人。

太晚了,我打字太慢,只能说这么多了,我只是个卑微的想平安活着,一心想着多赚点钱的老百姓。

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