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China Intensifies 'Anti-Terror Crackdown' in Xinjiang

FILE - A Uighur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travel along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
FILE - A Uighur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travel along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
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Chinese state media said Thursday 81 people have been sentenced as part of an anti-terrorism crackdown in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang.

China Central Television said the charges include organizing and participating in terrorism, murder and arson. It said nine people were sentenced to death.

Earlier, the state-run Xinjiang Net website said Thursday the suspects were detained in Urumqi, where a suicide attack last month at a market killed 39 people.
 
It said the suspects were charged with crimes including inciting separatism, inciting ethnic hatred and disturbing social order.
 
In recent weeks, Chinese authorities have arrested hundreds of people in Xinjiang as part of a crackdown seen by some as repressive.
 
Last month, authorities held a rally in a Xinjiang stadium for the public sentencing of 55 people found guilty of charges such as terrorism and separatism.
 
Beijing announced a yearlong security crackdown following the Urumqi attack, which was the latest in a series of violent incidents in Xinjiang.
 
The attacks are seen by some as the work of Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority group that is native to Xinjiang.
 
Many Uighurs in China often complain of religious and cultural discrimination in favor of the Han majority group.
 
China says its policies are not responsible for the increased violence. It instead says it is fighting foreign-backed separatists.

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by: Wangchuk from: NY
June 05, 2014 9:29 AM
Since there is no due process of law or rule of law in China, there is no way to know whether any Uighurs convicted are actually guilty of the crimes charged. Chinese police frequently use torture to extract confessions which is illegal but that doesn't stop the Chinese police. Uighurs have rights under the PRC Constitution & int' law but the CCP ignores those rights and oppresses the Uighur people. When people are oppressed, eventually they will rebel.

by: cvoc
June 05, 2014 6:32 AM
VOICE OF CHINA? CRITICIZE OF CHINA ? yeah ,the voa can change its name to voc or coc.

by: a Chinese teacher from: China
June 05, 2014 6:29 AM
i have some doubts about the sentence:Many Uighurs in China often complain of religious and cultural discrimination in favor of the Han majority group. As a Chinese of the Han majority group, i strongly feel that the Han group is discriminated, for example, in the entrance exam, students in Xinjiang have a bonus so they can go to university much easier.
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by: Ming from: US
June 05, 2014 1:15 PM
Well said Wangchuk!
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by: Guest
June 05, 2014 1:11 PM
To the Chinese teacher from China ^^^

What the Han do not understand about the situation in Xinjiang is that Uighurs are discriminated daily in a multitude of ways that seem "unbelievable" to the Han. For instance, it is extremely difficult for a Uighur to obtain a high level job in a company run by Han, it is almost impossible for a Uighur to obtain a passport or permission to leave the country, Hukou's are hard for any Chinese to get, but are especially difficult for Uighurs to obtain. Also, many Uighurs feel their culture is being destroyed through the "rebuilding the West" campaign. Kashgar is being rebuilt as a tourist center for Han, signs are being built throughout Xinjiang in only Chinese characters when the government knows the majority of adult Uighurs only speak and read Uighur in arabic script, children are not allowed to attend prayer until a certain age, the list continues. Lastly, many Uighurs believe the government businesses in Xinjiang are just there to extract minerals from the region and send them back East. There is not proper reinvestment back into the region.

But you are right, a Chinese teacher from China, the Uighur child who attends the shitty Uighur school in what is probably their second language taught to them by Han teachers who don't understand their culture should not get a bonus so they can go to university easier.

Wu suo wei.
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by: Wangchuk from: NY
June 05, 2014 9:26 AM
What you complain about is nothing what Uighurs go through. Their religion is restricted, their religious beliefs attacked, they face job discrimination, Chinese hotels won't rent rooms to Uighurs, and the CCP treats Uighurs as criminals rather than citizens. When Uighurs do protest peacefully, the police often arrest them or even just shoot them. When Uighurs are arrested, they are often tortured.

Violation of their basic civil & human rights is much worse than the minor complaint you have. Besides if you don't like Uighurs getting "preferential" treatment, then let the Uighurs have their independence, and then you won't have to deal w/ the Uighurs anymore. It's unbelievable how the privileged Han Chinese class complains when they are the ones oppressing minorities. It's the same mentality in all colonial regimes.

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