13 July 2009
Miss International Beauty 2009 is moving to Daqing after riots in Urumqi erupted
Miss International Beauty 2009 is moving to Daqing city in northern China from Urumqui, the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China's most western province after riots between Chinese Muslims and Christians broke out in the streets.
Urumqui witnessed deadly protests last weekend caused by ethnic tensions between the Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members of China's Han majority.
On July 10th, the coordinator of the pageant, Alex Liu of ERM World, sent a note to all national directors informing them that the Miss International Beauty 2009 Contest will be moved to Daqing city in northern China.
According to Ian Williams of NBC, the contestants didn't appear to know Urumqi is a riot-torn city. He witnessed a parade in the street of the contestants in their finest and minimalist evening wear.
The final night is also re-scheduled to August 1st from July 26th.
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