Wednesday, August 17, 2011

China launches anti-terror campaign in restive west region of Xinjiang (One wonders what will happen to civillians there)

Chinese security forces have launched a two-month “strike hard” crackdown against violence, terrorism and radical Islam following renewed ethnic violence in the restive western region of Xinjiang, the regional government said.

The campaign began Aug. 11 and will last through Oct. 15, and includes around-the-clock patrols of trouble spots, identity checks and street searches of people and vehicles, according to a notice posted Tuesday on the regional government's website.

Authorities will step up investigations of suspicious activity and deal with defendants even more harshly through accelerated trials, the notice said.

“Public security units at all levels across the region must strengthen the work of security, take strict precautions, and create fear and awe,” it said.

The region's police department conceded that the number of rising violent incidents was on the rise, and pledged to “uncover the masterminds and organizers behind such activities.” (more)