China: 16 policemen killed while they were jogging by Uighur terrorists
In an audacious and deadly attack just days ahead of the Beijing Olympics, two men from a mainly Muslim ethnic group rammed a truck and hurled explosives at jogging policemen in China’s restive far west Monday, killing 16.
The attack took place near the Afghan-Pakistani border and it has renewed the fear of more attacks during the Olympic Games. But there is the idea that Communist authorities are using the terrorist threat to rise the censorship over internet and information in general. And of course, to crack down the Uighur minority:
About 300 Uighur, and Tibetan residents in Japan and their supporters march in protest against the Bejing Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008.
(Shizuo Kambayashi/AP PHoto)
In recent months, the Chinese government has implemented broad restrictions on religious activities, movement, and speech on the Muslim Uighur minority, human rights groups say. Police have arrested 82 individuals for allegedly plotting an attack at the Games, and the Chinese government publicly executed three accused militants. Chinese police have also conducted house-to-house searches near the traditionally Uighur city of Gulja (Yining in Chinese), a center for opposition to Chinese rule, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported in July. Police denied that they were targeting any specific population, just “specific areas,” an officer told RFA.
Do you see the flag in the photo? It’s a Turkish flag (or so it looks). What’s doing a Turkish flag in a demonstration of Uighurs and Tibetans against the Olypmic Games? Well it has its reason: Uighurs are “turcophones”, that is, their language is Turkish:
The police after arresting the two Uighurs (terrorists) have proceeded to block the highways and to isolate the area situated in the frontier with Tajikijstan (4 thousand miles from Peking). Those are measured needed for China, who, after this episode, must show the power to maintain under its control the dissidents and possible terrorist attacks during the Olympics.
Peking is really worried about the possible attacks that the turcophone minority can make to boycott the Olympics through terrorism.
(…)Today, four days before the beginning of the Olympic games, the Chinese authorities attribute the attack to the separatists of Etim (Islamic movement of Oriental Turkestan).
This was not however the only problem in China today:
On Monday, about 20 people evicted from their homes for urban renewal projects staged a small demonstration a few blocks fromonly to be surrounded by police.
“We don’t oppose the Olympics. But it’s wrong for them to demolish our house. It’s wrong,” said Liu Fumei, who scuffled with women from the government-backed neighborhood committee who pulled Liu and the other protesters away..