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China Smashes 5 ‘Olympic Terror Groups’

From a conflicted CNN:

Paramilitary police stand guard in a closed-off People’s Square on June 16 in Urumqi, the capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

China: 5 ‘Olympic terror groups’ smashed

BEIJING, China (CNN) — China says it has destroyed five terrorist groups in a mainly Muslim autonomous region on suspicion of plotting to attack the Olympic Games, which start in less than a month.

Authorities have arrested 82 suspected terrorists in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the past six months, according to state-run media quoting Chen Zhuangwei, head of the Public Security Bureau in the regional capital of Urumqi.

The police also banned gatherings at 41 places where illegal preaching or "Holy War" training was taking place in the western Xinjiang province, the Xinhua report said Thursday.

In addition, police also cracked down on followers of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, arresting 25 "criminal suspects." …

China said the plots were linked to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement Organization, a terrorist group based outside China which sent its leader Aji Mai Mai Ti to China late last year "to accelerate the preparation on terrorism activities" targeting the Beijing Games.

The terrorist leader planned to target hotels in Beijing and Shanghai that were frequented by foreigners, as well as government buildings and military bases, according to a statement from the Ministry of Public Security.

The terrorist cell inside China, led by Aji Mai Mai Ti, carried out tests on poisonous meat, poisonous gas and remote explosive devices as part of their plans, the ministry said.

The group also planned to kidnap foreign journalists, tourists and Olympic athletes "to make influences on international communities to undermine the Beijing Olympics," the ministry said.

The Xinjiang autonomous region is home to about 19 million people, most of whom are Muslims and other minorities. Many of them oppose Beijing’s rule. Human rights groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have raised concerns about China’s crackdown on the Muslim religion in Xinjiang.

"China continues to use the ‘war on terrorism’ to justify policies to eradicate the ‘three evil forces’ — terrorism, separatism, and religious extremism — allegedly prevalent among Uighurs," Human Rights Watch said in a report earlier this year…

Situations like these put CNN in a tough position. They aren’t sure who to support.

Their Muslim terrorist allies or their Communist dictator allies? It’s a tough call.

Of course the "human rights groups" like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch will always back the more violent enemy of the US.

Which happens to be the terrorists — at the moment.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, July 10th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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