BEIJING: One man was sentenced to death and a second handed a life prison term over a factory brawl in southern China that sparked deadly unrest in the northwest Xinjiang region, authorities said today.
Nine others were given jail terms of five to eight years for their role in the fight in Guangdong province in June that left two Uighur men dead, a statement on the website of the provincial high court read.
The brawl erupted between members of the mainly Muslim Uighur minority and Han Chinese workers at a Hong Kong-owned toy factory over Internet rumours about an alleged rape.
A subsequent protest by the Uighur community in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi against the factory brawl descended into violence on July 5, with at least 197 people killed, most of them Han Chinese, according to the government.
A Han Chinese man, Xiao Jianhua, was sentenced to death after the court accused him of being the instigator of the factory fight.
The statement said Xiao and his accomplices used tools such as iron bars to beat the Uighur men, killing the two workers.