May 28, 2014
China Has Mass Sentencing of Islamist Separatists in Football Stadium
Is this something?
a spectacle designed to show their resolve against terrorism, Chinese authorities held a public sentencing in a football stadium in the northwestern Xinjiang region of 55 people convicted of violent crimes.I dunno, it just seems so ..... Communist. The kind of thing you might have seen Mao, Stalin, or Castro do. Like a deleted scene out of Red Dawn (original version, the other version doesn't exist in my mind). But I guess we need to be reminded from time to time that the Chinese really are still Communist. And that much of what passes for "China" is really occupied territory, and not a nation-state. This is what you do to let the locals know who is in charge.
More than 7,000 people filled the stadium stands in Yili prefecture during Tuesday’s sentencing and videos were distributed by police Wednesday to Chinese media. It was an unusually public display in a country where court proceedings are normally closed to the public.