An elderly Uighur man reacts at not being able to enter a mosque for Friday prayers in Urumqi, western China's Xinjiang province, Friday, July 10, 2009.
Several mosques in riot-hit Urumqi opened for Friday prayers after boisterous crowds gathered outside, despite notices posted earlier saying they would be closed in the wake of ethnic violence that left 156 dead.
Ethnic Uighurs stand at the entrance to a mosque after being told there will be no service on Friday, in Urumqi in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region July 10, 2009. Hundreds of Uighur Muslims crowded into at least one mosque in riot-stricken Urumqi on Friday after authorities relented on a decision to close mosques for the main day of prayer to minimize ethnic tension.I'm sure that the armies and police have their reasons for the closings. I truly believe these people need their abilities to be able to go to their mosques for prayer. Some form of hope should be afforded these people, while I understand that riots can bombs can happen in these places. It's been happening at several mosques, especially when there were crowds of people inside for worship. Safety has become an issue and if these people really want to pray they can do that anywhere.