Three Executed for Deadly Knife Attack

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.

The train station in Kunming, China, where 31 people died in a knife attack last year. A provincial court said on Tuesday that three men were executed for carrying out the attack. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
The train station in Kunming, China, where 31 people died in a knife attack last year. A provincial court said on Tuesday that three men were executed for carrying out the attack. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/25/world/asia/china-executes-3-over-deadly-knife-attack-at-train-station-in-2014.html?_r=0

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I began writing Elle's Adventure in China (EACh) in June 2014 as a fun summer project, but as obstacles kept interfering with my plans, I forked and forked more options. I took writing this novel much more seriously in mid-July, and want to have it officially published someday in my lifetime. As many artists put their hearts into their projects, so do I. I did not start out liking to read, but a professor suggested a book for me for homework a few years ago, and it was an amazing book. Since then, I read for pleasure, and I hope my novel, Elle's Adventure in China, does the same for as many of you as possible. The same thing goes to writing. I did not like to write until I took a course where the professor and papers made me love to write. I hope every one of you find what makes you happy and dedicated to work. In May 2015, I started my other blog, Read and Write Here (R&WH), as a place to post other things that aren't China- and Chinese culture-related and not EACh. I share some of my memories and experiences from student teaching, irregular participation in Daily Prompts, etc. I'd like to have regular people and bloggers to write book reviews and post it on R&WH someday. Keep reading and writing!

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