At least 28 people were killed and 113 others were wounded in a knife attack in a railway station in the southwest Chinese city of Kunming, authorities said.
Just posting for your information. Death toll is now at 29, including police officers, and 143 are injured.
Killing of innocent civilian can never be justified, whatever excuses you have. If you slaughter innocent people, you are a terrorist. I wonder what the point of the quotation marks is.
And really, nobody wins in such senseless act of violence.
In case my readers aren’t aware, there was recently a terrorist attack in Kunming, China, in which 29 people lost their lives, may their souls rest in peace. At this point, I have two major concerns:
1. The Uyghur population (a minority ethnicity in China) is getting a lot of hate, since the attackers are said to be Uyghur. Since the majority of the Uyghur population is Islamic, the hate they are seeing is akin to the Islamophobia in America post 9-11. This kind of reactive, “justified” racism is completely uncool, and if you see it, please call out on it. Plus, full (as in truly full) details have not even been released, so this reactive hate is just terrible.
2. The incident was not just a knife attack but a full on terror attack, only foreign media are being extremely biased in their reporting (if they’re reporting at all), in that, because China has a different kind of government/censored media/etc., the act doesn’t deserve to be called terrorism, or the term is put in quotes. A number of articles on it also tend to frame the issue as Uyghur people trying to get attention to their cause of gaining independence from China’s oppressive regime, thereby justifying the attack. This kind of journalism trivializes the lives of the people who were killed, as well as the Chinese people in general, because it’s as if they didn’t deserve to be reported on accurately. Is China censoring the news on Kunming right now? No doubt. Is a portion of the Uyghur population feeling oppressed by the Chinese government and want independence? Yes. But these are separate issues from the terror attack and already existed anyway, so if you truly cared about them, you would report directly on them, and regularly. The terror attack in Kunming should be focusing primarily on the victims. It is not the time for western media to passive aggressively discriminate against China by reporting inaccurately.
Reblogging for the comments.