China: "Retards" Behind Attacks

Experts say China has failed to adequately address the mental health needs of its citizens.

Just wondering: who are these “experts?”

Associated  (with terrorists) Press

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities on Sunday executed a man convicted of slashing 29 children and three teachers with a knife in one of a series of recent assaults on schools and kindergartens, a state news agency reported.

Xu Yuyuan was found guilty of attempted homicide in mid-May by the Taizhou Intermediate Court in the eastern province of Jiangsu, the official Xinhua News Agency said. No one died in the April 29 attack.

It was one of five major assaults against schoolchildren in the last two months that killed 17 and hurt more than 50.

The 47-year-old Xu, who was unemployed, told the court during his May 15 trial that he had lost money in gambling and business and was venting his anger against society, Xinhua said.

Xu used an 8-inch (20-centimeter) knife in the attack on the Zhongxin Kindergarten in Taixing city. Four of the victims were severely injured.

Telephones at the court rang unanswered Sunday

The string of attacks prompted Chinese authorities to tighten security at schools. Police and guards were posted at entrances and video surveillance and intruder alarms installed on some school premises. In the southwestern city of Chongqing, police were told they could shoot to kill to stop assaults on students.

The government has moved to assume control of a situation that has created worries about the safety of the country’s schools and the ability of China’s massive security apparatus to protect the vulnerable. In Taixing, hundreds of parents protested outside a hospital the day after the attack, demanding a better government response.

Xin Feng, a parent of one of the four children seriously hurt in the April attack, welcomed Xu’s conviction and execution. “That man deserved to die,” Xin said Sunday in a phone interview, without elaborating.

Xin said his 4-year-old son was no longer in intensive care, although he was still recovering in the hospital.

The attacks also have focused attention on the consequences of ignoring mental illness in modern China, as huge economic inequalities stoke social tensions.

The man convicted in the first of the five school attacks, Zheng Minsheng, killed eight children with a knife in the southern province of Fujian on March 23.

Zheng was executed one day before Xu attacked the school in Taixing – and on the same day that another man, Chen Bingkang, broke into a primary school in the southern province of Guangdong and stabbed 18 students and a teacher. Chen, a 33-year-old teacher, had been on sick leave because of mental illness.

Experts say China has failed to adequately address the mental health needs of its citizens. At least three of the recent attackers had histories of mental health problems. Two committed suicide after carrying out the attacks.

All the attackers have been men in their 30s or 40s. They all used knives or hammers – guns are tightly controlled in China and obtaining them is virtually impossible.

Associated Press researcher Henry Hou contributed to this report.

5 thoughts on “China: "Retards" Behind Attacks”

  1. Dear Sheik

    You wrote about this at the time of the latest attack, saying that muslims were behind the attacks and that Shaanxi was a “muslim province.”

    There is no “muslim province” in China as the government would never allow such a thing. Even Xinjiang, formerly known as East Turkestan, is not a “muslim province” although 40-something per cent of the population are muslims to some degree.

    Reassuringly though, it is “chairman Mao’s thought” that’s taught in the mosques rather than “how to kill kaffirs.”

    However, there are provinces in China where Chinese muslims, the Hui, exist. I doubt very much that they are the ones embarked upon a kill infidel children’s jihad though.

    I think they were Han Chinese guys and that they chose children because they are easier to kill.

    1. Cecilie, I know you’re over there, its a pity we couldn’t meet up!

      Rest assured that the perps are not Han Chinese.

      I came back from China yesterday. I will post more about this shortly!

  2. Cecile,
    I suspect that it is irrelevant that the Chinese government does not recognise “muslim” provinces – the problem is what the muslims themselves recognise and thereby we all have a problem.

  3. I know we all have a problem.

    But: “Attack on innocents happens in Shaanxi, there are muslims in Shaanxi, therefore it is a jihadist attack” – that’s a bit of a jumping to conclusions.

    Sheik: The Chinese government as yet hasn’t been taken over by political correctness. If the perps had been other than Han, it would have been blasted all over the media. Although the current administration’s catch-phrase is “national harmony” (meaning the unquestioned rule of the communist party), they love nothing more than another reason to hold up minorities as backwards and a little stupid. And violent.

    If the perps had been muslim (with Chinese names) it would have played right into the hands of the government, and they would have wasted no opportunity in announcing it loudly and clearly, and with much glee.

  4. Perhaps Cecile – but whether the attacks were made by muslims or not is not strictly speaking relevant to the larger picture. How muslims view themselves w.r.t to others is the problem. The Chinese government has not been all that open with who they have been jailing, particularly w.r.t. to the muslim related unrest that occurred recently. They just got rid of people they thought were trouble makers (you can argue against the quality of their decision processes here) – but the Western media are the folks that blew the stories up. And from my experience, the Chinese are equally as tough with the Han as with others. As for holding minorities as backwards – perhaps – but that is a racial problem between the Han and others – I do not believe it is Chinese government policy and officials who do actively discriminate against non-Han probably have to be very careful in what they do.

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