Xinjiang to adopt curfew in capital city Tuesday night
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, Xinhua reported.
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 Urmuqi 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.
"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."