China Names 7 New Revolutionary Martyrs

From AP:

China has bestowed the “revolutionary martyr” honor on seven people killed in a wave of violence in the western Muslim region of during a period of tight security for the Beijing Olympics, officials and media reported Thursday.

The deaths were memorialized this week as Xinjiang leaders gave a series of speeches pledging to continue a crackdown on the “three evil forces” of , separatism and extremism. The sprawling region — triple the size of France — shares borders with Pakistan, Afghanistan and other Central Asian republics.

China insists that separatists and religious fanatics are trying to use violence to usurp Chinese control of Xinjiang, an oil-rich region that’s home to 9 million Muslim ethnic Uighurs (pronounced WEE-GURS). But human rights groups have long accused China of using the terror threat as an excuse to impose draconian measures to repress the Turkic minority.

January 15, 2009 8:04 AM
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