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    55 People Sentenced at Mass Trial in Xinjiang

    Trucks carrying criminals and suspects are seen during a mass sentencing rally at a stadium in Yili, Xinjiang, Uighur Autonomous Region, May 27, 2014.
    Trucks carrying criminals and suspects are seen during a mass sentencing rally at a stadium in Yili, Xinjiang, Uighur Autonomous Region, May 27, 2014.
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    Chinese authorities used a public rally in the violence-hit region of Xinjiang to sentence 55 people on charges including terrorism.
     
    The official Xinhua news agency said 7,000 locals and officials witnessed the mass sentencing Tuesday at a stadium in northern Xinjiang's Yili prefecture.
     
    At least three people were sentenced to death. Others were jailed for murder, separatism, and organizing or participating in terror groups.
     
    At the event, police announced that another 65 people were arrested on similar charges.
     
    Yili Deputy Communist Party Chief Li Minghui said the rally demonstrated a "resolute determination" to crack down on what China calls the three evils of terrorism, separatism and extremism.
    Yili, Xinjiang province, ChinaYili, Xinjiang province, China
    Beijing has announced a year-long security crackdown following an attack last week that killed 43 people and wounded more than 90 in the regional capital, Urumqi.
     
    That attack was the latest in a series of violent attacks in Xinjiang, which is home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority group
     
    Many Uighurs in China often complain of religious and cultural discrimination.
     
    Beijing says the attacks were carried out by violent separatists with backing from overseas, and has promised to crush the low level insurgency.
     
    Following the Urumqi attack, armed police carrying submachine guns with bayonets are patrolling at many important roads and intersections in Xinjiang.
     
    On Tuesday, authorities detained five people, seized 1.8 metric tons of bomb-making material, and destroyed two explosives-producing sites in the Hotan area of southern Xinjiang.
     
    Officials say the Hotan suspects were planning to detonate explosives and ram their cars through crowds - tactics used in the Urumqi attack.
     
    On Monday, China said it broke up 23 terrorist gangs and arrested more than 200 people in three areas of southern Xinjiang.
     
    Exiled Uighur groups have said that the crackdown will only further endanger Uighur rights and could worsen the situation.

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    by: Anonymous from: China
    May 28, 2014 10:24 AM
    Why they didn't report that all victims in these terrorist attacks are common people and most of them are Muslim Uighur minority?

    By the way, I have to say Muslim Uighur minority are having a lot of minority prerogatives that other Chinese doesn't have, just like Native Americans in the US. Religious and cultural discrimination? Can't believe US reporter say that, so irony.

    by: jonathan huang from: canada
    May 28, 2014 9:18 AM
    good job china, no mercy to terrorists!

    I dont want to see 911 in china.
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    by: yz from: China
    May 28, 2014 10:53 AM
    I agree with you... but there always have others said like these terrorists are fight for their religion... :( Terrorists said they are fighting for their religion and nation, Muslim Uighur, but many victims are Muslim Uighurs. Hard to understand...

    by: Saint Michael from: Nigeria
    May 28, 2014 6:44 AM
    Is it a must that every Muslim living area will be of violent and attack. Gosh

    by: ecibu33 from: US
    May 28, 2014 6:16 AM
    Unbelievable that in spite of such gross violations of human rights by the Chinese govt, the world still licks their boots... Shows what might is... As long as you are mighty, US and Europe care two pence. They only bully small countries...
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    by: linh
    May 28, 2014 8:55 AM
    totally agree with you.

    by: Omanipar from: Everest Mountain
    May 28, 2014 5:34 AM
    The Chinese communist is terrorist themselves. They plundered, murdered, and spread terrors around the world especially in occupied lands of Tibet, Xinjiang, and Southeast Asia. Down with the blood-suckers, Chinese.
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    by: gutwolf from: QD
    May 28, 2014 9:13 AM
    The same to USA!All the countries US wanna heal are in chaos! Afghanistan.Iraq.Ukraine.Libya, Syria.......People in those countries died more than before! Many of them died from the drone attacks by us for the sake of fighting terrorists.

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