China says Xinjiang police station attacked by axe, knife-wielding mob, 11 dead

BEIJING Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:27am EST

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Eleven people were killed and two injured in China's troubled far-west region of Xinjiang when a group of people armed with axes and knifes attacked a police station on Saturday, state media reported on Sunday.

"Nine mobs holding knives and axes attacked a police station at Bachu county, killing two auxiliary policemen and injuring another two policemen," according to a report on, which cited a web report from the Xinjiang government.

"The nine mobs were gunned down on the site and local social orders restored to normal," said the report, which identified one of the attackers with an apparent Uighur name.

Many Uighurs call Xinjiang East Turkestan, and the government often blames the frequent outbreaks of violence there on extremists agitating for an independent state.

China's domestic security chief in November blamed a Muslim Uighur separatist group for a fatal vehicle crash in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in which five died.

In April, 21 people died in Bachu county in what the government called a "terrorist attack".

Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the main Uighur exile group, the World Uyghur Congress, said the last violence occurred after the police used electric rods to beat Uighurs, who went to protest at the police station, and then shot a protester dead.

"China's so-called judicial reform is leading to local armed staff using excessive violence to repress Uighur protesters," he said in an email. He did not say what the protest was about.

Many of the Turkic-speaking Uighurs chafe at Beijing's restrictions on their culture, language and religion, though the government insists it grants them broad freedoms.

Xinjiang is a sprawling, desert-like region that borders Central Asian nations that were once part of the former Soviet Union as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

(Reporting by Chen Aizhu; Editing by Michael Perry)

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JillCitizen wrote:
Axes and knives is what the government has left these people to fight with since they cannot own a gun. Note that the report states “The nine mobs were gunned down on the site and local social orders restored to normal,” No report on how many were gunned down to restore this social order.

Nov 17, 2013 6:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
RSchuckman wrote:
@JillCitizen: If Uighurs were allowed to have guns, there would be thousands, maybe tens of thousands dead. If there is ever armed revolt in America, there will also be tens of thousands dead. Successful rebellion is impossible in either country. At least in China, there is a fraction of the gun violence as in America. Safety matters. It’s quality of life issue.

Nov 17, 2013 8:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
DeanMJackson wrote:
For those not in the know, every aspect of life in China is under surveillance by a network of agents that permeates the cities and rural areas. Nothing takes place unless it is supposed to, meaning this event or events (the article isn’t clear as to the number of mobs that attacked the police station) was staged. The purpose, you ask:

“Since at least the early 1970s, the Communist party of China has been poised to create a spectacular but controlled “democratization” at any appropriate time. The party had by then spent two decades consolidating its power, building a network of informants and agents that permeate every aspect of Chinese life, both in the cities and in the countryside. Government control is now so complete that it will not be seriously disturbed by free speech and democratic elections; power can now be exerted through the all-pervasive but largely invisible infrastructure of control. A transition to an apparently new system, using dialectical tactics, is now starting to occur.” — Playing the China Card (The New American, Jan. 1, 1991).

For those unfamiliar with this subject, the “collapse” of the USSR in 1991 was a strategic ruse under the “Long-Range Policy” (LRP). What is the LRP, you ask? The LRP is the “new” strategy all Communist nations signed onto in 1960 to defeat the West with. The last major disinformation operation under the LRP was the “collapse” of the USSR in 1991.

The next major disinformation operation under the LRP will be the fraudulent collapse of the Chinese Communist government. When that occurs, Taiwan will be stymied from not joining the mainland. This is why China is buying up gold all over the word. It is believed that China currently has 3,000 [metric] tonnes of gold. When China has 6,000 [metric] tonnes it will have the minimum gold reserves necessary for its currency, the yuan, to replace the United States’ dollar as the world’s reserve currency, that is after the fraudulent collapse of the Chinese Communist government (the United States gold reserves is approximately 8,133.5 [metric] tonnes).

Nov 17, 2013 8:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
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