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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.

No cause can justify the cowardly attack in Kunming

Twice now in the lead-up to key national political meetings that attract international attention, terrorists have targeted civilians not remotely connected with their cause.

Tuesday, 4 March, 2014, 12:04pm 2 comments

Islamist group calls Tiananmen attack 'jihadist operation': monitoring service

An Islamist militant group calling itself the Turkestan Islamic Party said a terror attack in Tiananmen Square on October 28 was a "jihadist operation" by holy warriors, the SITE monitoring service said yesterday.

25 Nov 2013 - 5:34pm 4 comments

One Chinese journalist's gesture of solidarity with Uygurs draws support amid ethnic tensions

Yang Haipeng, a Shanghai-based Chinese journalist, recently decided he would wear a traditional Uygur hat at security checkpoints as a gesture of support for the minority ethnic community, who are often subjected to stringent and even “humiliating” scrutiny in their own country.

29 Nov 2013 - 4:53pm 2 comments

Uygurs blame religious and cultural repression in Xinjiang for violence

The central government has blamed a fiery attack in Tiananmen Square on "terrorists" from Xinjiang backed by international militants, but residents say that cultural repression, corruption and police abuses - not jihadism - is driving the violence.

13 Nov 2013 - 10:31am

Symbols of Chinese government bombed for second time

The series of explosions that left at least one person dead and at least eight injured near the provincial Communist Party headquarters in the capital Taiyuan was caused by "homemade bombs", Xinhua quoted local police as saying.

7 Nov 2013 - 1:47pm

Uygurs doubt Xinjiang militants had any role in Tiananmen Square attack

Uygurs interviewed said they doubted that the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) had the capacity or support to pull off even a crude attack like the fiery car crash that killed two tourists and three suspected Uygur attackers.

3 Nov 2013 - 6:41am 3 comments

Beijing says Uygur militants behind suspected Tiananmen terrorist attack

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.

2 Nov 2013 - 3:12am 17 comments

Life in restive Xinjiang, through the eyes of a Russian traveller

Xinjiang is home to 10 million Uygurs. This week the community has become the focus of political debate in the wake of the Tiananmen terror attack. Here, we take a look at life along the Karakorum Highway through the lens of Russian photographer Mikhail Perfilov.

1 Nov 2013 - 11:57am 1 comment

Uygurs in Beijing fear backlash over Tiananmen Square vehicle attack

Beijing's Uygur communities fear the fallout from this week's suspected terrorist attack in Tiananmen Square could disrupt their daily lives, damage their businesses and increase mistrust with members of the capital's Han majority.

1 Nov 2013 - 5:01pm 1 comment

Terrorism should have no role in dissent

The particular grievances of the ethnic Uygur family that drove through a fence into Tiananmen Square, ploughing through crowds of tourists before setting the vehicle ablaze remains unknown. A police investigation is continuing, and at least five arrests have been made in what is believed to be a terrorist plot.

1 Nov 2013 - 1:00am 1 comment