Chinese Media Call for 'United Front Against Terror' Following Arrests
Chinese state-controlled media on Thursday called for a united front against "terrorism" after five people were arrested in connection with a deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square.
Beijing says the Monday crash was a suicide mission planned by religious extremists from the troubled northwest state of Xinjiang, where the mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic group has long complained of government persecution.
On Wednesday, police said they believe Usmen Hasan crashed a vehicle carrying his mother and wife into a crowd of people in the square, before lighting the car on fire. All three died at the scene, as did two tourists. Dozens were wounded.
Police say they found gasoline, knives, steel sticks and a flag with extremist religious content inside the burnt-out vehicle. They also arrested five people from Xinjiang, who were said to be planning attacks with Hasan.
The Communist Party-controlled Global Times said Thursday all those involved in the incident are Uighurs. It said the minority group will be the "biggest victims" of the attack, noting that Xinjiang will be subject to even tighter security restrictions.
The official China Daily said the attackers will "go down in history as murderers, not heroes." It said the incident was aimed at undermining stability and creating a separate state of East Turkestan.
Khmer Rouge Ex-Leaders Give Final Statements at War Crimes Tribunal
The Khmer Rouge's former number two leader denied charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in his final statement at a United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia Thursday.
Nuon Chea told the Phnom Penh court he felt the "deepest remorse" for the victims of the Khmer Rouge, but insisted he never told any of his communist cadres to commit crimes.
The 87-year-old, who served as the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologue, insisted he was carrying out his duty to serve his country and what he called his "beloved people."
Khieu Samphan, the movement's 82-year-old former head of state, is also giving his final statement Thursday. The two men are the most senior living ex-leaders of the Khmer Rouge, which is blamed for the deaths of as many as 2 million Cambodians during its four-year rule.
Prosecutors are seeking the maximum punishment of life in prison for both men, who deny the charges and say they were not aware of the atrocities that took place under their rule. A verdict in the trial is expected in the first half of next year.