China executes eight people for ‘terrorist attacks’ including Tiananmen car crash

China executes eight people for ‘terrorist attacks’ including Tiananmen car crash

 Agence France-Presse in Beijing

The official Xinhua news agency said early Sunday that the eight were involved in several cases connected to the northwestern region of Xinjiang, where Beijing says separatist militants are behind a string of attacks that have rocked China in recent months.

Three of the condemned, named by Xinhua as Huseyin Guxur, Yusup Wherniyas and Yusup Ehmet, were “deprived of political rights to life” for their role in the brazen assault in Tiananmen Square in October.

Two tourists were killed in the attack, in which a car rammed into bystanders on the iconic square in the heart of Beijing before bursting into flames.

Xinhua said five others were executed, including Rozi Eziz, who was convicted of an attack on police in Aksu last year.

Abdusalam Elim was executed on charges of “organising and leading a terrorist organisation,” Memet Tohtiyusup had “watched audio-visual materials on religious extremism” and “killed an innocent civilian” last year, and Abdumomin Imin was described as a “terrorist ringleader” who led Bilal Berdi in attacks on police in 2011 and last year.

Xinhua, which cited the Xinjiang region publicity department in its report, did not say when the executions were carried out.

Crackdown on dissent 

The three men behind the attack stood on trial in June. Photo: Reuters

The sentences underscore the tough approach Beijing is taking to increasingly brazen and violent incidents.

The Tiananmen attack was one of several that have rocked China since last year, and which Beijing has blamed on Xinjiang separatists.

The far-western region is the resource-rich homeland of the Uighurs and other groups, and periodically sees ethnic tensions and discontent with the government burst into violence.

In March, a horrific knife assault at a railway station in the southern city of Kunming left 29 dead and 143 wounded.

Two months later, 39 people were killed, along with four attackers, and more than 90 wounded when assailants threw explosives and ploughed two off-road vehicles through a crowd at an Urumqi market.

Chinese courts, which are controlled by the ruling Communist Party and have a near-perfect conviction rate, frequently impose death sentences for terror offences.

The executions and sentences are part of a crackdown that comes after Beijing vowed a year-long campaign against terrorism in the wake of the Urumqi market attack.

In June, 13 people were executed for Xinjiang linked terrorist attacks.

Beijing does not say how many people it executes each year. But independent estimates put the total at around 3,000 in 2012, a figure higher than all other countries combined.

Exile groups say cultural oppression and intrusive security measures imposed by the Chinese government are the main causes of tension, along with immigration by China’s Han ethnic majority, which they say has led to decades of discrimination and economic inequality.

Beijing, however, stresses ethnic harmony in Xinjiang and says the government has helped improve living standards and developed its economy.

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 August, 2014, 9:30am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 August, 2014, 12:13pm

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