Global netizens express sympathy to Kunming terror attack victims, condemn Western double standards
                 English.news.cn | 2014-03-03 19:02:11 | Editor: Zhu Ningzhu

BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Internet surfers from worldwide offered their condolences to victims in the Kunming terror attack in southwest China while criticizing some Western media for their double standards on terrorism and related biased reports.

A group of knife-wielding assailants killed 29 civilians and injured another 143 late Saturday at the railway station of Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province.

"In my view, this is a terror attack," a reader named Apostle wrote in his comment on an Economist report. "My prayers go out to all those families and friends who lost loved ones, those who suffered injuries from this attack in China."

Responding a Washington Post story, a netizen who called himself Kirby Galveston sent his "most sincere condolences to the families, and wishes for a quick recovery of the wounded."

"Many thanks to all who provided medical treatment," Galveston said.

The Chinese authorities on Sunday defined the chilling incident as a terrorist attack, which was strongly condemned by the international community.

"There is nothing going on anywhere on this planet that justifies attacking innocents," said a Washington Post reader under the pseudonym of Gurudev 108, adding that "these crimes are unpardonable."

Meanwhile, online opinions have showed solidarity in scorning the separatist murders.

Justin Zhou, an online reader of the Wall Street Journal, said: "no matter what they are saying, they are terrorists. Their members fought the United States in Afghanistan. Many were trained there and went back to China to kill (people). Fortunately the terrorists were subdued."

Although most mainstream media outlets worldwide covered the incident in a professional way in line with the principle of humanity, a handful of Western news outlets rubbed salt into China's wound by resorting to such means as evoking inappropriate associations with the incident and placing terrorists under quotation marks.

Those distorted reports have caused a rising chorus of online condemnation.

"The words were in quotes because the Western world doesn't like China and want us to doubt the truth of its claim. The report would like us to think we are reading Chinese propaganda," a netizen named RMax 304824 said.

His words were echoed by an Economist reader "Ricgh," who sarcastically noted that "let's hope you are not trying, even remotely, to legitimize the actions of a knife-wielding gang."

As to those implications that the appalling violence was due to China's ethnic policy, "Aldir" argued on the Economist website that the Chinese government was providing preferential policies to the minority nationalities and "even giving the minorities very strong affirmative actions to push them toward higher education."

Many others demand that those news organizations apologize to the Chinese people and bring the criminals to justice.

"The Western media keeps refusing to recognize such attacks as terrorism, just because they happened in China. This is alienating hundreds of millions of Chinese people, including those who love the West very much but not much enough to lose sight of the blood on the ground," warned The Wall Street Journal reader "Niu Nuin."

Reuters' reader "Boonteentan" said the attackers "must be hunted down and severely punished," as "attacking unarmed civilians without any warning is the worst crime against humanity."

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