China urges Germany and the Netherlands to protect their citizens
The unrest that erupted in Urumqi on Sunday was the worst reported ethnic violence in China for decades as thousands of Muslim Uighurs, who have long harboured resentment under Chinese rule, took to the streets.Beijing -- China called Tuesday on Germany and the Netherlands to protect their citizens after their foreign missions there were attacked following deadly riots in the Xinjiang region that left 156 dead.
"China has made solemn representations to the Netherlands and Germany," foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters at a regular briefing.
"We strongly urge the Netherlands and Germany ... to take measures to ensure the safety and dignity of Chinese diplomats and institutions, to guarantee the normal work order, avoid this happening again and deal with the perpetrators."
The consular section of the Chinese embassy in The Hague, a city in the Netherlands, was closed to the public Tuesday, a day after a protest at its doorstep turned violent.
Dutch police arrested 142 people on Monday when protesters began hurling rocks and paving stones at the mission over the deadly riots that erupted a day earlier in Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital, leaving over 1,000 injured.
In Germany, according to Qin, two people threw Molotov cocktails on Monday at the Chinese Consulate-General in Munich, slightly damaging the premises.
The unrest that erupted in Urumqi on Sunday was the worst reported ethnic violence in China for decades as thousands of Muslim Uighurs, who have long harboured resentment under Chinese rule, took to the streets.
Members of China's ethnic Han majority who were targeted in Sunday's riots then took to the streets of Urumqi on Tuesday armed with makeshift weapons and vowing revenge against the Uighurs.