Chinese police with guns in an armored vehicle rumble through Aksu, a city in Xinjiang province, China, on July 29, 2015. Clashes between Chinese authorities and Muslim Uighurs, who resent Beijing's rule, have killed hundreds in this part of far-western China in recent years. Stuart Leavenworth McClatchy

Earlier this month, a knife-wielding gang attacked security guards at a coal mine in Xinjiang, a volatile region in the northwest of China.

Activists protest Chinese President Xi Jinping's hard-line approach to minorities and civil society outside the White House in Washington on Sept. 16. © Reuters

The Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in western China on Thursday marked the 60th anniversary of its establishment.

Police search for fugitive 'terrorists' in Aksu, Aug. 9, 2014.

Other sources say as many as 110 people may have been killed in the incident.


The Uyghur American Association (UAA) organized a demonstration in front of China's embassy in Washington, DC on February 5, 2014 to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Ghulja Massacre. At the event, the Uyghur Human Rights Project conducted an interview with Ilyar Shamseden, originally of Ghulja, about the history of the massacre.