Tue, July 07, 2009
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Xinjiang to adopt curfew in capital city tonight

2009-07-07 09:08:46 GMT2009-07-07 17:08:46 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Video frame grab shows Wang Lequan, secretary of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, delivers a televised speech on the riot on July 5 in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, July 7, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

URUMQI, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The city of Urumqi will adopt a curfew Tuesday night to avoid further chaos amid the ongoing unrest, said Wang Lequan, secretary of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), on Tuesday.

A "comprehensive traffic control" will be imposed from 9:00 p.m. Tuesday to 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, Wang announced in a televised speech.

"Some Han people took to streets in Urumqi today, disrupting social orders," he said. "This is not necessary at all."

"All the employers in the city should call on their employees to go back home. Ethnic confrontation should be definitely prohibited," he said.

NO ETHNIC CONFRONTATION

"Neither the people of Han nor Uygur ethicalities are willing to see the Han people being attacked. It is the same the other way around. If the Han people attack the innocent Uygur people, it is also heart-breaking."

"The family members of those who were involved in the violence are innocent. We should be cool-headed and do not be fooled by the enemies," he said.

"Our targets should be the hostile forces at both home and abroad and criminals, rather than our own brothers and sisters of different ethnic backgrounds."

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