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Ethnic Uygur women R clash with Chinese riot police as they protest in Urumqi in China s far west Xinjiang province on July 7 2009 Police fired clouds of acrid tear gas to disperse thousands of Han Chinese protesters armed with makeshift weapons as chaos gripped this flashpoint city riven by ethnic tensions Thousands of heavily armed police deployed across Urumqi the capital of China s remote northwest Xinjiang region but tensions spiked dramatically following weekend rioting that claimed at least 156 lives AFP PHOTO Peter PARKS