The Tiananmen Square incident (no, the one with the car) was the result of cultural repression, police abuses, and stupid assholes, according to the South China Morning Post. In the piece, Uyghurs interviewed blamed a variety of factors for influencing “these idiots” to commit attacks like the car-thing (bombing? well, sort of) that took place at Tiananmen.
The full SCMP article is here, but the good bits go as follows:
Residents reject the accusation that the incident and a series of clashes inside Xinjiang this year are the result of terrorism.
“Uygurs are angry that women are not allowed to cover their faces or that they must bribe government officials to get things done,” said a 30-year-old doctor.
Like other interviewees he asked not to be named for fear of repercussions.
“They don’t go overseas” for terrorism training, he said. “The problem is they are unhappy with officials in Hotan. The governance is bad and that’s why these idiots do what they do – make trouble, turn to violence.”
In the wake of the ameteur attack on Tiananmen, one of the biggest points of contention between the Chinese and international press was whether or not the even had “earned” the status of a bona-fide terrorist attack. Many pointed to the Uyghurs’ lack of terrorist training or institutionalization as evidence against these claims, but other noted the symbolic nature of the crime (and its willingness to sacrifice innocents to make a larger political point) in support. Regardless, it seems safe to assume that they were idiots.