18 Jan 2010

Text messaging restored in Xinjiang region

10:29 am on 18 January 2010

The government of the Xinjiang region of China has restored text messaging services, six months after bloody riots in its ethnically divided capital, Urumqi.

Text messages, internet access and international phone calls were cut after riots in July by Uighurs, a Muslim people native to the region.

Revenge attacks were orchestrated by Han Chinese two days later in which 197 people died.

Communications were cut designed to prevent mobs from organising and possibly also to prevent photos of the dead from inflaming ethnic tensions in the city.