China Executes 3 Over Deadly Knife Attack at Train Station in 2014
Violence happens everywhere. I bring this article to you today because the Chinese government has been consistent in blaming, even exaggerating, the Uighurs (pronounced wee-gurz) in domestic attacks. This article states that the government equates this attack – executed by four Uighurs that killed 31 people – to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. Both events are bad, and I see the idea of domestic terrorist attacks as equatable, but the Chinese case feels like an exaggeration to me. Also, if you have seen the Michael Moore documentary on the Sept. 11 attacks, you can see the difference between these two attacks.
This article is copied and pasted from the New York Times. The link to the source is at the bottom.
MARCH 24, 2015
BEIJING — A provincial court in southwestern China announced on Tuesday that the authorities had executed three men for carrying out a knife attack last year on civilians in a crowded train station in which 31 people were killed and 141 wounded.
The court, in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, said on its microblog that the men were Iskandar Ehet, Turgun Tohtunyaz and Hasayn Muhammad, which are ethnic Uighur names. Officials had said an eight-person group was responsible for the attack; four were shot dead at the scene and the others were arrested.
One female attacker, Patigul Tohti, is serving a life sentence, according to official news reports. She was pregnant at the time of her capture and so was spared the death sentence, which was imposed on the three remaining men after a quick trial in Kunming last September.
Many Chinese equated the killings to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington. The United States State Department condemned the Kunming attack as an act of terrorism.
The assault took place last March during a period when violence between Uighurs and ethnic Han, the dominant group in China, had been on the rise in the far western region of Xinjiang. The Uighurs, a mostly Sunni Muslim group, consider part of that region their homeland. The Kunming attack was shocking to many Chinese because it took place in southwest China, far from Xinjiang and in a corner of the nation where few people had worried about the possibility of domestic terrorism.