China Sentences 55 in Packed Sports Stadium
Fifty five people were convicted of violent crime in a mass trial held in a packed sports stadium in Xinjiang, China. A crowd of 7,000 watched as punishments — including three death sentences — were handed down for murder, terrorism and separatism. Commentators have observed that the event was reminiscent of China’s Cultural Revolution when mass public denouncements were common. All the defendants seem to have been ethnic Uighurs, whose community has been blamed for a growing number of violent attacks across the country.