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  1. Solomon2

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    China turns Uygur heartland into security state in ‘war on terror’

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    Ethnic Uygurs sit near a statue of China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, on March 23.

    2:20 am, April 02, 2017


    ReutersKASHGAR/HOTAN, China (Reuters) — Three times a day, alarms ring out through the streets of China’s ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, and shopkeepers rush out of their stores swinging government-issued wooden clubs.

    In mandatory anti-terror drills conducted under police supervision and witnessed by Reuters on a recent visit, they fight off imaginary knife-wielding assailants. Armoured paramilitary and police vehicles circle with sirens blaring.

    China says it faces a serious threat from Islamist extremists in this far Western Xinjiang region. Beijing accuses separatists among the Muslim Uygur ethnic minority there of stirring up tensions with the ethnic Han Chinese majority and plotting attacks elsewhere in China.

    A historic trading post, Kashgar is also central to China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Initiative, President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign and economic policy involving massive infrastructure spending linking China to Asia, the Middle East and beyond.



    China’s worst fears are that a large-scale attack would blight this year’s diplomatic setpiece, an OBOR summit attended by world leaders planned for Beijing in May.

    State media say the drills, and other measures such as a network of thousands of new street-corner police posts, are aimed at making everyone feel safer.

    But many residents say the drills are just part of an oppressive security operation that has been ramped up in Kashgar and other cities in Xinjiang’s Uygur heartland in recent months.

    As well as taking part in drills, shopkeepers must, at their own expense, install password-activated security doors, “panic buttons” and cameras that film not just the street outside but also inside their stores, sending a direct video feed to police.

    For Uygur like the owner of an online multimedia company facing one of Kashgar’s main streets it is not about security, but mass surveillance.

    “We have no privacy,” said the business owner who, like almost everyone Reuters spoke to in Kashgar, did not want to give his name. “They want to see what you’re up to.”

    A Chinese security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the new security measures in Xinjiang were not politically motivated, but based on fresh developments and intelligence. He declined to elaborate.

    The Xinjiang government and the State Council Information Office, which doubles as the Communist Party spokesman’s office, did not respond to requests for comment.

    China routinely denies pursuing repressive policies in Xinjiang, and points to the vast sums it spends on economic development in the resource-rich region. Xinjiang’s gross domestic product last year rose 7.6 per cent, above the national average.

    Religious reeducation

    Since ethnic riots in the regional capital Urumqi in 2009, Xinjiang has been plagued by bouts of deadly violence.

    The incidence of attacks reported in state media have actually declined markedly, both in frequency and scale, since a spate of bombings and mass stabbings in Xinjiang and southwestern Yunnan Province in 2014.

    But Chinese state media say the threat remains high and the Communist Party has vowed to continue what it terms its own “war on terror” against spreading Islamist extremism.

    In Xinjiang, this can also be seen at weekly flag-raising ceremonies that Uygurs, a Turkic-speaking people who formed the majority in Xinjiang before an influx of Han Chinese, are required to attend to denounce religious extremism and pledge fealty under the Chinese flag.

    At one such event witnessed by Reuters in Hotan, a former Silk Road oasis town 500 kilometers southeast of Kashgar, more than 1,000 people filed onto an open-air basketball court where Party officials checked their names against an attendance list and inspected their dress and appearance.

    “Best you take this off or I’ll send you to reeducation,” said one female official, pulling back the black hijab worn by a middle-aged Uygur woman to expose her forehead and hair.

    Hotan authorities offer 2,000 yuan ($290) rewards for those who report “face coverings and robes, youth with long beards, or other popular religious customs that have been radicalized,” as part of a wider incentive system that rewards actionable intelligence on imminent attacks.
     
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    So when radical muslim ram car at london or Paris on pedestrian, it must be a result of oppressive western ruling against muslim that created such response? Yet , we see western one rule applies on others but themselves. :enjoy:
     
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    Watch out for the hasbara scums spreading lies and discord!
     
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    China must be doing something right, as we hardly hear any terror attack from China these days.
     
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    Must remain vigilant, see what happened to St. Petersburg subway.
     
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    Arabs have more rights in Israel than Muslims in China. Wow.
     
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    Yes, till this day oppression on practicing Islam was not restricted... BUt since few years it has begun. Chinesegov begun to impose restriction on what they should wear or not and restrict in some mosques/areas ppl under 35-40 years old to go to prayer... and the new thing of the Gov was to RESTRICT ramadan to student and gov workers ( Ramadan is the act of not eating during the Day, btw sunrise to fall).

    China was good bf on Islam, but since few years by taking some pity escuses with those "terro" attack by few bastards fanatics with knifes, she started to punish a whole community to practice their religion.

    You can see it as being normal, but it's not, it's like Your GOV forbbid you to pray to your money god or practice your "cultural" holidays or give offering to the temple/ppl... bc of few fanatics...

    In the END this is wrong and will only discriminate and Stigmatize a community who is already in bad shape/image... China is doing the same mistake that others have Done in EU or ME.


    One thing under your stupidity flag is those ISIS affiliated scum ARE not MUSLIMS, they are called Khawarji , meaning " The DOgs of Hell". So do not affiliate them to the whole 1.6Billions muslims who live in peace. Bc as you may know, anyone with any type of background could say he's a muslims, but in the End his action will define Him... and his actions is not Islam. You can still believe and put it on Islam, just to fuel your anger/stupidity and closed mindset, then so be it.

    Meanwhile Have Fun :)

    Best regards.
     
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  8. CHINA83NEWS

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    Are you kidding. China's Uighur officials know how many? The police know how many? My home is in northeast China has Uighur traffic police.
     
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