Notwithstanding the Chinese Communist Party’s “strike first” anti-terrorist policy, on the night of May 22, 2014, as reported by Reuters, explosives hurled from two vehicles that ploughed into an open market in Urumqi killed 31 people and wounded another 94. It was the deadliest act of violence in the region in years.
The Chinese government called the attack in the regional capital of Xinjiang, the traditional home of ethnic Muslim Uighurs, a “serious violent terrorist incident,” the most recent of a series of knife and bomb attacks in recent months by “separatist” militants. Domestic security chief Meng Jianzhu vowed to strengthen a crackdown on the “arrogance of terrorists.”
The May 22 incident is part and parcel of an increase in social unrest in the People’s Republic.
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Here are photos from Ifeng.com, courtesy of New York Times‘s Chris Buckley, showing police in the city of Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province, in full riot gear, training for what many say is inevitable: a working-class insurrection, or as Ifeng.com euphemistically calls it, “emergency disposal operations.”
May 11, in heavy rain, the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau carried out emergency disposal operations training activities.
“Demonstrators” prepare to confront SWAT.
“Demonstrators” armed with sticks run toward the SWAT team.
“Demonstrators” battle SWAT.
“Demonstrators” throw bottles of flaming gasoline at SWAT.
Special police armed with riot shields surrounded by “demonstrators.”
Shenzhen Public Security helicopter.
“Thugs” armed with machetes storm out of a bus.
SWAT team members quickly surround the bus.
Emergency mobile teams rush to the scene of the “emergency disposal operations.”