Uighurs Riot. At a Toy Factory, No Less.
posted at 12:53 am on June 27, 2009 by coldwarrior
According to Reuters, out of Hong Kong, “Ethnic clashes between Han Chinese and Uighur workers at a toy factory in China’s southern Guangdong province killed two people and injured 118, a newspaper reported on Saturday.”
According to the Reuters report: “In a massive night brawl at the “Early Light” toy factory in Guangdong’s Shaoguan city, a group of Han Chinese fought with Uighurs from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region who had been recently recruited to the factory, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper reported.
“The violence lasted until the early hours of Friday morning and at least 16 were seriously injured, the newspaper reported.
“About 400 riot police had to be deployed to quell the unrest as the rival workers battled, some with knives and metal pipes. The violence was reportedly sparked by a spate of crimes at the factory following the arrival of around 600 Uighur workers in May this year, the newspaper said.
“Some people carrying metal pipes entered a dormitory to attack Uighur workers. But the Uighurs fought back with knives, leading to a fierce brawl involving hundreds,” the newspaper said.”
Not the first time that Han Chinese have been involved in violence toward other ethnic groups in China…Han soldiers were used to put down the Tianamen Liberty demonstrations in 1989.
But, not reported by Reuters, and a major subtext to this story, is that things at the “Early Light” toy factory in Shaoguan had been perfectly peachy…until they received an order for tens of thousands of Obama action figure toys…and the Uighurs balked at working on them. That’s when the fireworks began.
The head of the Uighur’s National Council could not be reached for comment, as he was on a fact-finding trip to Palau and Bermuda.
Used to be the only thing dangerous about Chinese toys was lead in the paint, magnets that fell off and could be swallowed by infants and fire-prevention chemicals that often burst into flame.