Police said yesterday they had cracked down on a Shanghai terrorist cell planning violence at Olympic soccer matches in the city. Shanghai’s Olympic security office head Cheng Jiulong said police, who were put on “crisis” level several days ago, had learned of several international terrorist organizations and staged raids successful in arresting potential attackers. Information not mentioned in Jiulong’s report included how many people were arrested, when they were taken into custody and where they are being held.
This latest terrorist scare comes just after the Kunming bus bombing earlier this week, a case that remains mysterious — is it in any way tied to the Olympics? What was that weird text message about? Looming in the background is the police killing of five alleged Uyghur terrorists in Urumqi earlier in this month, which was followed by the government’s announcement that it has detained 82 suspect terrorists in the northwest part of China this past year.
Authorities in Beijing have repeatedly warned of the dangers of violence at the games, especially from Muslims in Xinjiang. Shanghai police have amped up security measures for Olympic soccer matches, patrolling Shanghai Stadium heavily and planning random identity checks throughout the city. We’ll have to see how the skeptics who denounced the PRC’s trigger-happy response in Urumqi feel about Shanghai’s own under-documented case of potential Olympic violence.
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