Xinjiang Railway Station Terrorist Attack, Chinese Reactions

Xinjiang Railway Station, scene of a terrorist attack.

Xinjiang Railway Station, scene of a terrorist attack.

The #1 post on leading Chinese microblogging social network Sina Weibo over the past 24 hours…

From Sina Weibo:

@央视新闻: 3 Dead in Urumqi South Railway Station Terrorist Explosion — According to preliminary police investigations, the Urumqi South Railway Station explosion was a serious violent terrorist act. The perpetrator hacked at the crowds with a knife at the Urumqi South Railway Station reception/arrivals area and then detonated an explosive device, causing 3 deaths, 79 injured, among which 4 are seriously injured (not currently in life-threatening condition). At present, the injured are all entered hospitals to receive emergency medical care, with efforts to investigate the case urgently underway.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


A naked challenge, is it?! A slap to the face, is it?! Everyone was up all night last night doing their duty, and just as the boss [President Xi Jinping, who is visiting Xinjiang] is leaving, you people immediately do this! Looks like there will be no rest for the May 1st holiday now, I’m just waiting for the call to organize at any moment now! You people want to cause trouble where I grew up and live, but let me tell you: I won’t allow it! As long as the Party and the people need it, I will serve without hesitation and throughout any difficulty! Up until you beasts [terrorists] have been killed off, every last one of you!!! [怒]


Motherfucking, I’m reading the comments here and there are even people who [either “point and curse at Xinjiang” or “are cursed for criticizing Xinjiang”]. I say, brother, you motherfucker, are you in league with the thugs [terrorists], engaged in separatism? You motherfucking stupid cunt.


This afternoon at 9:30, we got home, opened the door, and after entering, have been busy nonstop, until we heard an urgent knocking on the door. Through the peephole, what we saw was a ethnic minority husband and wife couple (we’re the only ethnic Han household in this building). Upon opening the door, they told us that we had left our keys in the door! A husband and wife couple filled with goodwill and benevolence! All of a suddenly I felt extremely safe!


This is equivalent to a big slap in the face to Big Xi [President Xi Jinping! He had just watched military exercises! Hurry and thoroughly investigate these people! Leave none of them out. [怒][怒][怒]


Isn’t there martial law/curfew already? Aren’t there patrols every day? Aren’t armored cars driving on the streets? So how can something like this still happen? Is there anyone actually putting their heart into maintaining the peace? Do we ordinary common people have to figure out how to protect ourselves?


Xinjiang separatists, fuck you.


The targets of terrorists’ murder does not distinguish between people and country. Their only goal is to terrorize all people! Resolutely crack down on terrorism! Resolutely oppose those trying to divide the people! All speech and actions that seek to divide, discriminate, and provoke conflict between the people must not be tolerated, because that is the goal of terrorists!


When social problems are unable to be placated, the government should first reflect, on blindly using violence to maintain stability and suppress [problems].


I support Xinjiang people. Those terrorists and separatists are not Xinjiang people!


Xinjiang jia you!!! [蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛][心][心][心]


Shouldn’t the authorities reflect for a moment, on where the problems are? If it is just an extreme minority, then a high-handed policy is necessary. If that entire ethnicity is unhappy with the authorities, then policies need to be reviewed. What should be high-handed should be high-handed, but what should be conciliated should be conciliated.


I just want to ask, just what the hell is the National Security Bureau doing?


Sigh, ethnic strife has always been a yoke on humanity, where any moral standard is always biased. When the general state of things is clearly quite well, why do people insist on being like this? When revenge breeds revenge, when will it end…?


Extreme MSL [穆斯林, mu si lin] must be exterminated!!!! Otherwise there will be more innocents harmed!!!

The #3 microblog post of the day was this below, but has since been deleted:

From Sina Weibo:

@导演刘猛: “3 dead”, these three people were all police officers. As they were questioning the suspicious person, the bomb was detonated. They had kept the danger for themselves. [蜡烛]

Four of the top 10 most commented articles on major Chinese web portal NetEase are also about the Xinjiang Urumqi Train Station terrorist attack and bombing:

Comments from NetEase:

网易天津市手机网友 ip:125.39.*.*”

One cannot be soft against thugs, execution without pardon!

imxcc [网易江苏省南京市手机网友]:

Terrorism must be punished severely!

网易陕西省西安市手机网友 ip:223.104.*.*:

Resolutely crack down on terrorism!

网易四川省成都市手机网友 ip:118.122.*.*:

May there be peace in the world! May your family and friends be safe and sound!

网易天津市手机网友 ip:111.161.*.*:

Crack down on terrorists! We mourn our unfortunate dead compatriots!


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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