It was a pitch-dark day on July 5th in the city of Urumqi, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where more than 100 innocent civilians died and about 1,000 others got injured in the evening twilight. The tragic scene on that day shook the world and shivered people’s hearts and souls.
Some people may ask: Why did rioters massacre so many innocent people with the use of such cruel, ruthless methods?
Some others may also ask: Rebiya Kadeer and other separatists instigated local outlaws to launch “something more courageous and ever bigger” and stirred up violence, and then what were they really up to?
The definite answer is that she was no other than laying a big (assassin) trap.
The ultimate aim of the so-called “World Uygur Congress" (WUC) led by Rebiya and other organizations for the “independence of East Turkistan” is precisely to contribute to ethnic splittism and seek independence for Xinjiang. In order to seek "Xinjiang independence", she asked a lot of people to follow up in support of her. In other words, she badly needs a social foundation for going in for ethnic splittism.
At present, the real situation in Xinjiang region is really inspiring: The people of all ethnic groups have earned much more since the policies of reform and opening-up were introduced three decades ago, with an enhanced ethnic unity, social harmony and a much better life; they aspire to live orderly and in happiness, harmony as well as in peace and plenty. Then, who want to ask for trouble and kick up a fuss in following Rebiya and her ilk?
Deliberately inciting hatred and stirring up antagonism among people of varied ethnic groups is the most viable, efficient social environment for fermenting splittism. In this context, Rebiya and her stooges, by laying the big wicked trap, attempt to drive a wedge between the Han ethnicity and the ethnic minority people in a hope of plunging Xinjiang into endless social turmoil or upheavals.
With a loss of more than 100 innocent people, those near and dear to them turn grievous and even furious, about 1,000 others wounded in the riot will feel painful and indignant; those with grave injuries would be left disabled for life while those with minor injuries would endure deep scars on their souls.
If all these victimized people cannot hold back such undesirable feelings like rage, anger or hatred and proceed to turn to an “eye for an eye” revenge, will there be bigger and more acute and intensified clashes?
At the moment, Rebiya and her followers, while sipping coffer or beer at ease and looking afar from Washington D.C. and Munich, are longing anxiously for people of multi-ethnic groups in the Xinjiang region to fall into their trap! Multi-ethnic people in Xinjiang, nevertheless, must stay unduped and never walk into that trap.
The “July 5th” bloody riot is by no means an ethnic, religious issue but a major issue launched and manipulated by a handful of elements for the “independence of Xinjiang” to undermine ethnic unity in the region and split the big family of the motherland.
People have come to witness a lot of vivid moving stories about ethnic unity from numerous examples of mutual help among the people of different ethnic backgrounds during and after the “July 5th” riot. An 81-year-old Uygur, Hamid Ahmadi, protected or covered up a man of the Han ethnicity named Xu Geping with his body as a shield, and he altogether retrieved 18 lives from the unrest.
Along streets of Urumqi in recent days, young people of varied ethnic groups lined up to donate blood for riot victims, and they were often seen rolling up their sleeves for blood donation. “All ethnic groups belong to one family,” as local residents often refer to each other, regardless of being Uygur Muslims or people of the leading Han ethnic group.
All rioters must be punished according to law, and riot victims should of course submit the criminal penalty to their administrative, law-enforcement organs.
After all, the very trap Rebiya and her followers have laid with great pain will eventually turn out to be a “lost game”. The sinister scheme to slay innocent civilians is too cruel, too despicable and too obscene, and they would be held in contempt by Han people, Uygurs, and the people of all ethnic groups. And it is known for sure that their conspiracy will never ever succeed.
By People’s Daily Online and contributed by PD senior desk editor Fu Zhenguo