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Violence Spreading Throughout China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 6, 2013

Here is a snippet of recent vioent attacks in China. Such things are occurring with more frequency over the past decade. What the article below does not address is that attacks on everything from doctors to tourists are becoming even more prevalent as well.

If you come to China, be sure to wear your bullet proof best.


Tensions were already heightened following last week’s jeep crash in Beijing, just across the road from where the high-profile plenum will be held. The incident took place on Oct. 28 when a jeep plowed through crowds before crashing and catching fire near Beijing’s Tiananmen rostrum — the giant gate to the Forbidden City bearing a portrait of former Communist leader Mao Zedong.

Police said the “carefully planned, organized and premeditated” attack was carried out by extremists from northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region. Five suspects believed to be from the East Turkistan Islamic Movement have so far been detained in connection with the crash.

The two incidents have gained significant attention in the media and online given that it is a politically sensitive time, but petitioners with grievances making extreme threats is nothing new in China.

In May 2011, a series of car bombings in Fuzhou, a prefecture-level city in southeast China’s Jiangxi province, killed two people and injured six others. The cause of the attacks were attributed to a disgruntled farmer unhappy with a case that was being heard in the courts.

In June this year, a mass murder-suicide attack occurred on a bus in the city of Xiamen in southeast China’s Fujian province, killing 47 people and injuring 30. A month later, a wheelchair-bound man detonated a bomb at Beijing Capital International Airport after years of petitioning fell on deaf years, though no one was injured in the incident.

The root of all these incidents are linked to the increasing despair of locals at their failure to obtain justice in Chinese society, whether it is related to corruption, forced government acquisition of land, public health and safety hazards, unfairness in legal proceedings or dealing with party or government officials — especially the despised heavy-handed urban management officers known as “chengguan.”



2 Responses to “Violence Spreading Throughout China”

  1. Z said

    Amerikkan terrorists leave China! We do not need you.

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