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Tiananmen Square terror attack

Five people were killed and 38 injured when an SUV rammed through barricades in front of Tiananmen Square’s gate tower in Beijing and burst into flames on October 28, 2013. Amid tight censorship of social media and terse news reports, police launched a manhunt for eight people, mostly members of the Uygur ethnic community living in the restive Western region of Xinjiang. Within ten hours, police detained five members of the Uygur ethnic minority. Two days later, authorities declared the incident a “terrorist attack” prompting concern among Uygur exile groups over a backlash against the ethnic group.

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Beijing says Uygur militants behind suspected Tiananmen terrorist attack

Security chief says separatists behind Tiananmen Square incident that left five dead

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 November, 2013, 11:51am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 November, 2013, 3:12am
 

The country's security chief has blamed a Uygur militant group for Monday's suspected terrorist attack in Tiananmen Square and called on the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) to help combat the threat.

Meng Jianzhu , head of the Communist Party's Central Politics and Law Commission and a member of the decision-making Politburo, said on the sidelines of an SCO meeting in Uzbekistan on Thursday that the fatal car crash was orchestrated by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).

The small separatist group, which Beijing has long implicated in terrorist activities in Xinjiang , has been listed by the UN as an al-Qaeda associate and designated by the United States for anti-terrorism sanctions.

State television reported online last night that all eight suspects came from Hotan in Xinjiang and had "canvassed the site three times" before launching the attack, citing the police.

It said the suspects, comprising three families and an individual, decided to set up a "terrorist group" in September and arrived in Beijing on October 7, hiding in Xicheng district.

Five of them returned to Urumqi five days before the remaining three on Monday crashed a Mercedes SUV in front of the Tiananmen gate tower, the CCTV English News channel said on its official weibo.

But the Japanese Asahi newspaper reported that family members of Husanjan Wuxur, one of the detained suspects, said he was innocent and had never been involved in terrorism.

Meng's remarks mark the first time Beijing has blamed a specific group for the attack, which struck at the symbolic heart of the capital little more than a week before a key party policy meeting.

"The violent terrorist incident in Beijing was an organised, premeditated act," Meng told Phoenix TV reporters. "The group that was behind it was the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which is entrenched in central and western Asia."

Three Uygurs were inside the SUV that careened along a packed pedestrian walkway and struck dozens of people before bursting into flames, according to Beijing police and state media reports. Five more Uygurs have been detained by police.

Five people were killed in the incident - two tourists and the SUV's three occupants, who were from the same family. Forty pedestrians were injured.

Meng's claim was rejected by the World Uygur Congress (WUC), a Uygur exile group.

"China wants to generate favourable opinion with the international community and it wants to portray the WUC as a terrorist organisation and Uygurs as a terrorist ethnic group," said Ilham Mahmut, vice-president of the organisation. He questioned whether the ETIM existed.

No group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

Meng made his remarks at an anti-terrorism gathering of the SCO, founded in 2001 by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Li Wei , an anti-terrorism expert with the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, said the suspected attack in the capital appeared to be an attempt by the group to expand its influence.

 

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sjfore
Great: You start with a string of non sequitur statistics and wrap it all up with an ad hominem attack. This is the kind of reasonable dialogue we've come to expect from apologists for Beijing's colonial ventures.
whymak
Are you another illiterate? Explain the meaning of non sequitur as applied to my arguments.
Abusing English words such as democracy, human rights, including this one, are telltale signs of dim witted, brainwashed ideologues. You would receive an automatic F if you sat in one of my freshman courses with this factless, illogical and irrelevant argument.
BTW, may I ask if you had a good statistics course under your belt, or did you have a good college education?
gcmaster
I hope the issue is resolved peacefuly.
scmpbeijing1
Unfortunately, the Chinese government is trying to capitalize on the sad incident to step up it's harsh control of Tibet and Xinjiang. People in both areas are already complaining about the more harsher policies. If there wasn't a terrorist organization in either place, there soon will be. As Mao said: Where there is oppression there is resistance.
banana
Lets get things straight:
Taiwanese people => Majoriy Han people;
Hong Kong people => Majority Han people;
Thailand => 40% has Chinese blood, if you look further 800 years ago => immigrants from Canton => Han people
Vietnam => people from the old Yue empire same as the Cantonese => Han people
Han people is basically a mixture of Asian races. Around 10% of the Han people has some of Gendhis Khan genes.. The main difference between them is their religion that keep them seperate. The Turks are original from Mongolia same as many of the current Han people (you can get confirmation from any Turk in turkey about this fact). And basically almost every muslim in China has Han blood. During the 300 years reign of the Qing (closely related to the Mongols and the Jurgens) Muslims is prohibited to marry Muslims.
sudo rm -f cy
Independence to Tibet, East Turkestan, Inner Mongolia, and Hong Kong! (Taiwan is already independent in my opinion, they just have to act like it. Good thing the DPP looks set to win the next election whenever it is.)
xiaoblueleaf
There had been more than 140 immolation by Tibetans in the last couple of years which are their non-violent form of protest or resistance comparing to violent form of protest of the Uygurs. The underlying cause is similar: discrimination, political suppression, colonization through massive emigration of Hans, relentless exploitation of natural resources .... Instead of applying more force against such protests, violent or non-violent, the Party needs to face down to its "colonial" policy and practice against the ethnic minorities, Xinjiang and Tibet in particular. This is only the beginning as matters will surely get worse.

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