Women Speaking Out in China Ethnic Riots

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China's state news agency says more than 180 people have now died in ethnic rioting in the northwest part of the country.

Chinese president Hu Jintao says anyone inciting the violent protests will be severely punished.
 
In the middle of the chaos, one woman appears to represent the opposition to the government.

Throughout the day, loudspeakers in the city of Urumqi declare "keep social order."

Since the rioting began on Sunday, the northwestern Chinese city has been under tight security.

Thousands of police and troops patrol the streets after days of violent clashes between Uighur Muslims and Han Chinese.

In the middle of the ethnically-divided city, one disabled woman boldly faces a wall of soldiers and armored vehicles.

In a scene reminiscent of Tianamen Square, Tursun Gul demands to know what they have done with her family.

She says her husband and brothers haven't been seen since, after being arrested.

It's one of many examples of how Muslim women are filling bold leadership roles following the deadliest communal violence in decades in the region.

Despite a sweeping crackdown by the Communist government, the women have faced down troops and led protests, speaking out against the police tactics.

More than 1,400 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.

It's a clash that has resulted in many deaths on both sides.

A Chinese news agency reports 137 Han Chinese have lost their lives, along with 46 Uighurs and one man from another ethnic group.

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