BEIJING: Hundreds of Muslims fought with armed police who demolished a newly renovated mosque in north China, left dozens people injured in the “riot”, local police and a human rights group said on Monday.
The violence erupted between local Muslims and roughly 1,000 armed police after police declared illegal a mosque in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and moved to destroy it, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, in Hong Kong, said.
Muslim minority groups are increasing in China and the Hui is one of them.
Two people were killed and 50 injured as a result of ethnic clash. Police fired tear gas and used knives and batons to keep away ethnic Hui Muslim protesters in Taoshan village, Hexi township, the rights group said. But Hexi police rejected any casualties as a result of recent clash.
A policeman surnamed Ma confirmed that the mosque was demolished and a “riot” occurred in Hexi on Saturday afternoon.
“Two police officers and two villagers got injured and several villagers were taken away by the police, but I don’t know how many,” Ma said.
Resources said the mosque was first built in 1987 and refurbished last year.
Ethnic violence is growing gradually in China, especially in Muslim Uighurs of the northwest Xinjiang region. Government oppression and unwanted immigration of majority ethnic Han Chinese are considered the root cause of this ongoing ethnic eruption in China.