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Who Attacked the Soldiers in Chongqing City

March 24, 2009

Will this become an excuse to justify the Chinese
regime's crackdown on Tibetans?
By Tian Yu
Epoch Times
Mar 22, 2009

On March 20, 2009, two more soldiers in Chongqing
City were shot to death. (Pictures provided by Chongqing citizens)

The city of Chongqing has entered the state of
emergency status following the killing of two
communist soldiers. Pro-Beijing media has already
publicly stated that the assailant was a Tibetan.
Because the attack happened close to the
anniversary of the March 14, 2008 unrest in
Tibet, it may well become the excuse for the
Chinese regime to launch another large-scale crackdown on Tibetans.

The state-run media reported that shootings
occurred in the 17th corps in a building
materials market near the Shiqiaopu area in
Chongqing around 7 p.m on March 19. One sentry
was injured, another was killed and one type 81-1
semi-automatic rifle was taken.

Afterwards, the local authorities listed the
incident as a "terrorist attack" and the city’s
Party Chief Bo Xilai claimed that an all out
effort would be made to solve the case. The
Minister of Public Security Department, Meng
Jianzhu also flew to Chongqing to personally lead
an investigation. An unprecedented large scale
operation to hunt down the assailant has begun in
Chongqing City with more than ten thousand policemen joining the effort.

Thus far, the police have not announced the
arrest of a suspect. However, reports of this
incident by the state-run and pro-Communist media
did raise some questionable issues.

The Skin Color of the Assailant

According to Singtaonet.com, "Spokesperson of
Chongqing Public Security Office stated that the
assailant carried a gun and wore a mask.”
However, according to a report by Xhxb.net on
March 20, a witness claimed that the assailant had very dark skin.

The report stated, "The owner of a ceramic tile
store Feng Yusheng (alias) said, ‘At around 7:30
p.m. a car pulled over before the 17th corps. One
sentry walked over to check the passengers.
However, a man came out of the car, pulled a gun
and fired at the sentry at his temple, killing
him on the spot. The assailant grabbed the
semi-automatic rifle when another soldier rushed
to him. They hit and injured the soldier and
drove away immediately. There were two persons in
the car. The assailant’s skin was very dark.’”

The weather of Chongqing is still quite cold in
March and the assailant should not have worn a
short-sleeve T-shirt and thus bared his arms. If
the assailant indeed wore a mask, it would have
been hard to tell his skin color. Therefore, the
identity and motive of the person who claimed
that “the assailant had very dark skin" is questionable.

Message Implied by a Knife

Chinese media also reported that the Chongqing
Taxi Company sent a notice to all taxi drivers
with a description of the assailant, describing
that "the assailant was a male who carried a
knife on his back." Nevertheless, the assailant
carried his own gun and shot a soldier. Would he
have also carried a knife on his back to attract
people’s attention? This is also something very questionable.

Tibetans have the custom of carrying a knife with
them in their daily life. "Dark skin" and
"carrying a knife" undoubtedly implied that a
Tibetan is the prime suspect of the case.

Singapore Media Claims a Tibetan Makes the Attack

While most state-run media were implying that the
assailant was a Tibetan or Uighur, Singapore’s
Zaobao.com has already publicly reported that the
assailant was a Tibetan saying, “Reporter Zhang
Xiaozhong reported on location that residents
indicated that the suspects are four Tibetans.”

The report also mentioned that mobile phone text
messages circulated around a week before the
incident saying, "Tibetan Independence
organization’s human flesh bomb is secretly penetrating into Chongqing."

It is very rare in China for soldiers to be
attacked or for weapons or ammunition to be
robbed. Currently, China is going through a
sensitive period with the anniversary of the unrest in Tibet on March 14, 2008.

On March 20, The Tibetan Government in Exile in
Dharamsala, India just made public a video
entitled "Exposing Chinese Communist Regime’s Violence in Tibet."

If the Chinese regime makes the claim that the
assailant is a Tibetan, the case might be used by
the regime to launch a large-scale crackdown on Tibetans.
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