On March 1st eight men and women with knives attacked over one hundred people at the Kunming Railway station, murdering 29 and wounding 140 others. Four of the attackers were killed, and the rest were later caught. There are many reports from within the station stating that the attack was scary, hectic, and tragic.The attackers identities have not been confirmed but evidence suggests that the attackers were part of Xinjiang separatists forces. These separatists are part of the Muslim Uighur population who have been under an extreme crackdown by the government.
Some people are understanding of the attackers, although they don’t condone the actions. Restaurant worker Xie Yulong is such a person who says, “Beijing has put too much pressure on them since Xi Jinping took over. They are under so much pressure they do not want to live.” The tensions in Xinjiang have been high for a long time and things eventually blew.
The attacks were timed to make a show right before the government meets to deliver the one-year work report in Beijing. The government is being extremely careful about this attack as the country is in shock, and terrorism in China has taken a step forward. As this attack was low technology, low cost, and high impact, the government will not be taking anything lightly and unfortunately this probably means more crack downs for Xinjian.