|China Executes Muslim Separatists|
|by Tom McGregor||Thu, Apr 9, 2009, 06:40 pm|
China has just executed two Muslim separatists who were convicted of attacking a police station in the nation’s rebellious northwest in the run up to the opening of last summer’s Beijing Olympic Games.
The Daily Telegraph of London reports that, “the attack in the Silk road city of Kashgar in the far northwestern province of Xinjiang left 17 dead, including many policemen, and prompted a major security crackdown with armored cars being deployed outside Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium.”
Abdurahman Azat, 34, and Karbayan Hemit, 29, both were members of China ’s Uighur minority, a Turkic ethnic group which to the Chinese government has said it considers a “major threat” to stability.
The two men charged into a large group of police while they were out on a morning training run on Aug. 4, 2008, prior to following up with explosives, a home-made pistol and knives, state-run media revealed at the time.
The attack was part of a strategy to “sabotage the Beijing Olympic Games,” according to an official report. Even though Kashgar is about 2,500 miles from Beijing and no attacks occurred in the capital.
According to the Telegraph, “the news of the executions, which are carried out in China by lethal injection or a bullet to the head, was read out in front of 4,000 officials and Kashgar residents in a local stadium.”
The Uighur minority composes of almost half of Xinjiang’s population of 20 million. Many detest control from Beijing , which this year will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the entry of the People’s Liberation Army into the region.
The Chinese government has already warned its fears of further terrorist attacks in the run up to the anniversary in October.
A spokesman for the Europe-based World Uighur Congress, claimed the two men had not received fair and impartial treatment, alleging that Hemit had been terribly tortured while in custody and was unable to walk during his trial.
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