» 08/25/2014, 00.00
Xinjiang, 8 executions held: Tiananmen attackers also killed
The Chinese government has revealed the identity of 7 terrorists killed for crimes that range from terrorist attacks to having watched online video on religious extremism. Uyghur dissident: "Clearly politically motivated executions to weaken the spirit of the province".
/ Agencies) - The Chinese government has carried out 8 death
sentences for "terrorism" in the north-western province of
Xinjiang. The prisoners who were executed include the 3 held
responsible for the attack
in Tiananmen Square last October, which killed 5 people. The
others were instead found guilty of crimes ranging from "arson"
to the manufacture of explosive material for terrorist activities.
At the time of
their execution, the state news agency Xinhua disclosed the identity
of the three Tiananmen attackers: Huseyin Guxur, Yusup Wherniyas and
Yusup Ehmet. Rozi Eziz was instead executed for attacking police
officers in 2013; Abdusalam Elim for leading an unspecified terrorist
organization; Memet Tohtiyusup for murder (the victim's name unknown)
and for watching online video on religious extremism; Abdumomin Imin
for being "terrorist ringleader". The name of the eighth
prisoner that was executed is unknown.
Raxit, a spokesman for the World Uighur Congress exile group, called
the executions "a typical case of the law serving political
ends". According to the dissident, in fact,
the sentences are part of a campaign launched by Beijing to weaken
the strength of spirit in the province, which has long been seeking
"genuine autonomy" from the central government.
Xinjiang region is one of the most turbulent in all of China. Its
Uyghur Muslim minority, who number about nine million, have long
sought independence from China. The central government, for its part,
has brought in hundreds of thousands of settlers to make Han Chinese
the dominant ethnic group. At the same time, it has severely
curtailed Muslim religious worship as well as the teaching of the
local language and culture.
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