Chinese Needle Attacks Infected With Urban Legends

09.04.09 Will Sherman

syringeFive people were killed, and 14 wounded during public safety protests in the Chinese city of Urumqi. Tens of thousands of Han Chinese hit the streets demanding that the government do something about a series of alleged HIV-infected needle attacks by Uyghur people. Though 476 people reported stab wounds, “none had shown symptoms of infectious diseases.” |NYT|