Embassy working to assist Pinoys in Tiananmen incident

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The Philippine Embassy in Beijing is coordinating with China’s Public Security Bureau regarding the Filipino family who fell victims when an SUV ploughed into a throng of tourists at the historic Tiananmen Square.

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A Filipina doctor was killed while her husband and two children suffered multiple fractures when the SUV hit them and immediately caught fire.

They were in China as tourists.

Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a text message that the embassy is making arrangements regarding the hospital and medical needs of the victims, as well as the repatriation of the remains of their loved one who died in the incident.

Beijing police did not immediately rule it as an accident but reports said they are looking into the possibility that two Uighurs may be responsible for the incident.

The Uighurs are Turkic-speaking Muslims from the province of Xinjiang, a province in the far west of China. The group is against China’s alleged control of their religion and culture.

The police is also said to be looking for four vehicles which have plates coming from Xinjiang.

The Tiananmen square is the site of the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing that were largely curtailed by the Chinese government. The seven-week protest, led by university students, ended on June 4 when assault troops with rifles and tanks turned the square into a bloodbath.

The Chinese government prohibits any forms of discussion or remembrance of the massacre. Official figure of the death toll remained unconfirmed, with some saying it ranges from several hundreds to thousands. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON

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