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Chinese activists have welcomed news of Osama Bin Laden's death. They say it's not only a win for counter-terrorism, but a boost for those fighting against injustice under dictatorship rule.
Osama Bin Laden's death has been celebrated around the world as a milestone in the fight against terrorism. For China's democracy advocates, it represents a boost for their cause.
[Sun Wenguang, Shandong Democracy Advocate]:
"This event should serve as encouragement for China's democracy activists, and those who are fighting for social justice and safeguarding universal values."
On Tuesday, the Chinese regime joined governments in welcoming the death of Bin Laden. Its Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu condemned terrorism as the enemy of the international community.
But for Chinese democracy activist Qin Yongmin, terrorism in the form of dictatorship rule is a more pressing problem for the Chinese public. Qin has been one of dozens of activists targeted by the Chinese regime in its recent crackdown on dissent.
[Qin Yongmin, Hubei Democracy Activist]:
"Currently, the more serious issue is another form of terrorism—that is, terrorism against your own people. This form of terrorism is much crueler than international terrorism, but is characterized by one thing—that is, what is carried out is kept from public knowledge."
As the world makes strides against terrorism, China's activists hope more attention can be turned to the dangers of dictatorship rule.
[Mr. Li, Guizhou Human Rights Activists]:
"As dictatorship regimes develop, it may become factors of instability or a risk to the world, this is recognized by the international community."
Osama bin Laden was killed on Monday by U.S. forces in Pakistan. He's believed to be the mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks that claimed more the 3000 lives ten years ago.