As if working in a Chinese coal mine were not dangerous enough, one has now become the target of Uighur separatists, where 50 people were killed in a knife attack on September 18th (I erroneously stated that the attack occurred the day before the Oregon spree-killing in my editorial last night) .
Nine suspects are being pursued after they launched a coordinated knife attack and killed 50 workers at a northwestern Chinese coal mine, reports Radio Free Asia…
…After overtaking security guards, the attackers killed the workers while they were asleep in bunkhouses at the Sogan colliery in Aksu. Another 50 workers were injured. The suspects are believed to be hiding in a nearby mountain ravine where a manhunt operation is underway.
Most of the victims were Han Chinese.
I have mentioned it before, but I am of mixed opinion of the Uighur violence in China. I certainly have no love for the Chinese government and to a degree the Uighurs have a legitimate beef. The Chinese are essentially colonizing the region with majority Han peoples. The Uighurs claim that they are the victims of cultural genocide. On the other hand, the Uighurs are a Muslim ethnic group, and from 1933-1949 the region was the Islamic Republic of East Turkestan.
Like the Islamist independence movements in the Philippines, Thailand, and other places, the Uighurs have strong ties to the global Jihadi movement, and all of the baggage that that obviously entails. It isn’t like Islamists have shown much respect for minority rights when they wield the levers of power.