Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Kunming Attack and Chinas Uighur Politics

The Kunming Attack and China’s Uighur Politics

Uighur merchants in Uruqmi, Xinjiang. Like other Chinese minority groups, Uighurs face linguistic and religious discrimination, fueling a separatist movement that Chinese authorities have blamed for the March 1 terrorist attack in Kunming. (Photo: Peter Morgan / Flickr)
On March 1, a group of knife-wielding assailantsstormed a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Kunming. It was a grisly scene: Attacking passengers at random, the assailants killed 29 people and wounded 130. According to Chinese authorities a gang of six men and two women carried out the attack. Four attackers were shot and the other four have been detained. READ MORE

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