Survivors recall violent attack that shocked nation
Updated: 2013-07-06 09:07
By Xinhua in Urumqi (China Daily)
On Tuesday, Xinhua correspondents conducted exclusive interviews with those injured in the attack, hearing not only their accounts of the tragic moments but also their thoughts on the future.
'They're devils instead of human beings'
One of Muratjan's arms was injured in the attack, and he saw his father get hacked to death by three of the rioters.
In his hospital ward, he told Xinhua that what he's left with is hate, not fear.
"I was in the toilet when I suddenly heard a scream," Muratjan said.
"I thought it was some migrant workers outside fighting with each other, but when I came out, I saw three people hacking a person with long knives," he said. "The scream I heard came from that person."
Muratjan's father was sleeping in the yard because of the hot weather.
"My father loudly shouted at the rioters, but unexpectedly, the three people rushed over to hack him instead.
"My father fell down after several hacks, but they did not give up and continued to attack him. I shouted at them, asking them to stop, but one of the three rioters came up and hacked at me. I instinctively used my arm to block the knife and then ran away.
"At that moment, I saw the rioter's face. I'd seen him before. He's a resident in the town, but I don't know his name.
"It was only after a while that I found my arm was bleeding. I hid myself in the corner of the room and did not run out until it was silent outside.
"I saw my father lying face down, with bleeding wounds all over his body. He still had his last breath at that time.
"I saw another man lying on the ground not far away. The man was also covered in blood all over his body and stayed still.
"Later, my uncle and neighbors took us to the hospital. The wounds in my arm were bandaged, but my father didn't make it..." Muratjan said.
"I have no fear but hatred!"
"Why did those rioters kill my father? I can't get it," he said. "They are not human beings, they are devils!"
Muratjan stayed strong while he relayed what he saw that day. Though he did not shed a single tear, he had a lost look on his face and bit his lip from time to time.
Other patients sharing the ward with Muratjan told Xinhua that some of the people injured in the attack constantly wake up from nightmares and have trouble sleeping.