China detains Xinjiang man for ‘online rumours’

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11 August 2014 Last updated at 03:20 ET


Paramilitary policemen stand guard during a ceremony to award those who the authorities say participated in “the crackdown of violence and terrorists activities” in Hotan, Xinjiang 3 August 2014
Chinese authorities have stepped up the troop presence in Xinjiang amid an upsurge in violence

Chinese authorities have detained a man they accuse of spreading online rumours about recent violence in Xinjiang’s Yarkant county.

Government outlet Tianshan News said the man wrote an “extremely unrealistic” account of the incident and “fabricated shocking details”.

A total of 96 people died in the 28 July violence in Yarkant, China says.

On Sunday, state media said 18 suspects linked to the deadly incident had surrendered to police.

State media and overseas activists give different accounts of the July violence. It is difficult to independently confirm details of incidents in Xinjiang, because access and information flow are tightly controlled.


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