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Overseas CRI audiences condemn Xinjiang riot
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CRI (China Radio International) audiences from around the world made phone calls, sent emails and posted comments on its website, condemning the riot in China's northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The CRI had covered the violent attacks last Sunday, which killed 184 people, injured over 1,000 others and destroyed many shops and houses.

"I'm overtaken with shock and fury, and I simply can't believe the mobs could be so cruel," said Moroccan Abdel Hamid Kharifi.

Kharifi said he had noticed a lot of distorted media coverage on the issue. Therefore, he had called on all CRI audiences in Morocco to hold a forum to disseminate the truth behind the violence.

"We've printed 500 copies of related materials to be distributed at the meeting," he said.

"We deeply regret and strongly condemn the riot in Urumqi, Xinjiang," Abdel Kader Haliler from Algeria commented.

"It's obvious that the riot was masterminded by certain groups outside China," said Haliler, adding that they were trying to stir up chaos in China and undermine its stability.

Similar views are shared by India's Ravi Srivastava, who said that the riot was intended to "impede China's development and progress, and China should severely punish those perpetrators in keeping with its laws."

The chairperson of the CRI Audience Club in Pakistan, identified only as Laghari, said, "the riot in Xinjiang was obviously carefully planned and prepared, and all our club members condemn the violent attacks."

Laghari said that the Pakistani people are embittered by the terrorism and detest all forms of terrorist activities. "We'll always stand by the Chinese people and government in the belief that the righteousness will prevail over the evil."

The riot "is aimed to sabotage the quickly rising China by stirring up internal conflicts," said German netizen L. M. Spiewok.

Spiewok added that the criminals were receiving support from outside of China, and "we can't help asking who is the beneficiary of the riot?"

"The different ethnic groups in China, the Hui, the Tibetan and the Uygur, could be a man's first name, while they share the same surname, that is, China," said Delcourt Roland from France.

The violence in Xinjiang was another manipulated atrocity, said Roland, adding that all those who harbor evil plots and separatist attempts should be criticized and severely punished.

(Xinhua News Agency July 14, 2009)

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