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China shuts Hague embassy after Xinjiang protest

world Updated: Jul 07, 2009 15:05 IST

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The consular section of the Chinese embassy in The Hague was closed to the public on Tuesday, a day after a protest at its doorstep over the unrest in Xinjiang turned violent.

"For security reasons, the consular section of the embassy will be closed on July 7," it said on its website, after Dutch police arrested 142 people on Monday when protesters began hurling rocks and paving stones at the mission.

An embassy spokeswoman, who requested anonymity, said the embassy proper was still functioning, but that the consular section -- which issues visas -- was shut for fear that protesters might try to occupy it.

"They might come inside, in a crowd," she said. "It's the reason why we had to make this choice."

Thirty-nine of those arrested on Monday remained in custody Tuesday. The protest was triggered by ethnic riots in Urumqi, in the mainly Muslim northwest Chinese region of Xinjiang, in which at least 156 have been reported killed.

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