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Uighurs Riot. At a Toy Factory, No Less.

posted at 12:53 am on June 27, 2009 by

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.

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Uighurs, Han, Obama.

The Chinese discovered that if one mixes saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal in the correct amounts, the resulting compound is quite explosive.

Heh….those Chinese. I wonder if they are as surprised now as was the first to discover the results of the gunpowder formula?

genso on June 27, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Is the Obama toy angle satire or real?

cs89 on June 27, 2009 at 10:06 AM

cs89
I think it’s satire

Xinjiang’s majority Uighur population is a largely Muslim group with a culture close to other Turkic parts of central Asia.
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Many Uighurs resent Han Chinese rule, complaining they’re marginalized economically and politically in their own land, while having to tolerate a rising influx of Han Chinese migrants.

bottem line, no infidels!!!

abinitioadinfinitum on June 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM

cs89 on June 27, 2009 at 10:06 AM

The Obama toy part? Satire? Hmmmm….might be…or not. :-)

This news tidbit in the East Asia news very very early this morning just begged to be sent out to the rest of the world…a riot in a toy factory…with Uighurs?

It wasn’t the Oompa Loompa’s, as they’re still on long-term contract to Wonka Multinational.

But, perhaps this should be further investigated…those Obama toys are indeed made in China…

coldwarrior on June 27, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Must-Have Accessories for Obama Action Figure:

Teleprompter
Waffle
Frozen Custard Cone
Rezko dream house
Kenyan Tribal Costume
Miniature Rules for Radicals

Disturb the Universe on June 27, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Disturb the Universe on June 27, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Must also add to the list of “Must-Have Accessories for Obama Action Figure:”

Golf cart
Skateboard
Man-Child sized tricycle
Full-length mirror

And all the accessories for one fab luau. Roasted pig, and tiki torches must be included!

freeus on June 27, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Maybe they could be like cabbage patch dolls and come with a birth certificate

Tazz 55 on June 27, 2009 at 2:29 PM

freeus on June 27, 2009 at 2:15 PM
Tazz 55 on June 27, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Great ideas.

Also, the Obama action figure should talk. With the teleprompter accessory turned on, Obama can repeat such time honored favorites as: Hope and Change; Yes, we can; We must act now before this crisis becomes a catastrophe; My grandmother was a typical white woman, etc.

However, without the teleprompter accessory turned on, you pull the string and all he says is Uh, You know.

(Teleprompter sold separately.)

Disturb the Universe on June 27, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Disturb the Universe on June 27, 2009 at 2:50 PM

LOL!

freeus on June 27, 2009 at 8:55 PM