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Today, the English edition of the Global Times, part of the People’s Daily , said that the police have linked the incident with the Xinjiang and some Uyghur suspects . But the Chinese edition does not mention anything about Xinjiang .
Yesterday, all day censors removed any news or comments about the incident from the web, allowing only the official version of Xinhua.
The western region of Xinjiang has been shaken by Islamic Uyghur nationalist movements for decades. For the most part they seek greater autonomy from the cultural and commercial dictatorship of the central government that has colonized the region with millions of Han immigrants and hundreds of thousands of soldiers.
In the past there have been incidents and clashes between Uyghurs and Han in Xinjiang, as well as attacks that the government in Beijing has branded as “terrorist” , though often conducted with makeshift equipment ( petrol bombs , knives , plastic , etc. … ) .
The Chinese edition of the Global Times today warns against “politicizing ” the incident in Tiananmen too. Tiananmen Square, site of the infamous massacre on June 4, 1989 , is subject to a heavy security cordon to prevent even the slightest protest .
In China, large-scale corruption d throughout the Party has led to over 180 thousand “mass incidents” a year, in which different groups – farmers, workers , retirees, ex-military , … – Clashed with police , often violently.
A source for AsiaNews in Beijing said: “The party is seeking to water down this incident, but it reveals the profound dissatisfaction and fatigue of the whole population , not only of the Uyghurs”.