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At least three Uighurs were killed and more than 20 officers and civilians injured when security forces opened fire on a crowd trying to stop police from arresting four suspects in Aykol district, Aksu, on the eve of Eid last Wednesday.

Abdugheni Osman, deputy head of the Aykol police station, told RFA that an angry mob outside the Peyshenbe bazaar mosque hurled bricks and stones at the police, who were looking for four Uighur suspects they believed to be involved in "illegal religious activity".

He added that three people were killed after police opened fire.

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Many Uighurs chafe at restrictions on their religion and culture, as well as Han Chinese migration and economic inequality. Some seek an independent state.

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"The state has embarked on a project to completely hollow out Uighur religious practice of anything it doesn't control or that doesn't conform to its views of how religious activities should look," said Bequelin.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/13/china-muslims-xinjiang-death-sentence-uighurs

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The "regime" is not Communist.

You are showing your true colours once again. I hope you don't work for NSA!

Ecuador is not Communist but people like Noboa have made a fortune in the "banana republic"

Why not focus on corruption in capitalist countries such as Ecuador, around the world.

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The "regime" is not Communist.

You are showing your true colours once again. I hope you don't work for NSA!

Ecuador is not Communist but people like Noboa have made a fortune in the "banana republic"

Why not focus on corruption in capitalist countries such as Ecuador, around the world.

I realize, being on the ChiCom payroll and all, you'd prefer we talk about anything BUT China.

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China is a capitalistic dictatorship. Only diff is instead of one dude, its a party. Their type of governance should be shunned if we are to retain our individual liberties. Amriki (I think) posted a good article about the 10 threats to Chinese consolidated power as defined by the party. Anyway, ask hong kongers how they feel about the year 2047.

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Beijing (CNN) -- Passengers and crew members thwarted an attempt to hijack a plane in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, local authorities said Friday.

Ten minutes into the flight between the cities of Hotan and Urumqi, six people on board the plane tried to take control of it "through violence," a short statement by the provincial police said.

The passengers and crew members managed to subdue the alleged hijackers, sustaining minor injuries in the struggle, police said. The plane then returned to Hotan.

Once the plane was back on the ground, police took the suspects, all ethnic Uyghurs, into custody. Police later released their names on state media.

The government said it plans to honor crew members and passengers who offered help. Two air marshals and two flight attendants were injured, the Civil Aviation Authority in Beijing said.

"During the incident, crew members were brave and resolute," the authority said. "The cockpit crew remained calm and landed the aircraft safety at the origin airport. Many passengers were courageous and acted promptly to offer help, highlighting their sense of justice and responsibility as citizens. They played a key role in an emergency situation by safeguarding state security, saving lives and protecting property."

Authorities said the case is still under investigation but operations at the Hotan airport have returned to normal.

Uyghurs are Turkic Muslims, a group linguistically, culturally and religiously distinct from China's majority Han population.

Chinese authorities have often blamed militants of Uyghur descent for outbreaks of violence in Xinjiang in recent years, labeling them terrorists.

Xinjiang was rocked by the worst violence in decades in July 2009 when rioting between Uyghurs and Han Chinese left nearly 200 people dead and 1,700 wounded in the regional capital, Urumqi.

Last year, the authorities carried out a two-month security operation, which ended in October, against violence, terrorism and radical Islam across Xinjiang, a resource-rich region that borders Pakistan, Afghanistan and several Central Asian states.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/29/world/asia/china-plane-hijack-foiled

I remember when this happened last year. Several of the reports had the hijackers armed with clubs and were questioning how they got them on board. It was also reported that there was a group of police officers on board that assisted in the apprehension of the suspects. Pictures of the would be hijackers showed evidence of some blunt force trauma to head and face region.

I've not been to Xinjiang but I've had Uyghur food and it is pretty damn tasty.

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