Double compensation for families of victims in Urumqi riots

Source: [18:51 July 21 2009]

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has decided to double compensation for the families of civilians killed in the July 5th riots in Urumqi.

Chairman of the Autonomous Region government Nur Bekri says each family will be given 420,000 yuan, which includes 10,000 for burial and 10,000 as condolence.

He also says the government will pay half of the compensation, and donations from home and abroad will cover the rest. The riots left 197 dead and more than 1,600 injured.