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Attacks on China's foreign missions well-orchestrated

2009-07-13 06:14 BJT

Special Report: 7.5 Xinjiang Urumqi Riots |

BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Hurling stones, Molotov cocktails and burning Chinese national flags, supporters of the East Turkestan separatists started well-orchestrated and sometimes violent attacks on Chinese embassies and consulates in several countries soon after the riots occurred last Sunday in China's northwest city of Urumqi that killed 184 people.

Only hours after the riots started in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, a group of nearly 30 people stirred up trouble at China's Consulate General in Los Angeles by throwing eggs at the consulate building.

On Monday, two unidentified men tossed home-made gasoline bombs on the Chinese Consulate General in Munich, Germany.

Attackers in both cases swiftly disappeared before the police arrived on the scene.

A series of protests, some far more violent, were staged simultaneously in a number of cities across the world in the wake of the Urumqi riots.

Waving flags and banners, and shouting separatist slogans, the crowd led by Rebiya Kadeer marched from DuPont Circle in Washington D.C. to the Chinese Embassy on Tuesday afternoon.

They tried to break the cordon into the embassy, but was stopped by U.S. police. During Tuesday's gathering, Kadeer, head of the separatist World Uygur Congress (WUC), made a speech, urging foreign governments to support their separatist movement.

Kadeer has long made it clear that the WUC would plot sabotage activities this year, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.