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China restricts Ramadan fasting in restive Xinjiang
Chinese government restricts bans Muslims from fasting during Ramadan in the turbulent northwestern region of Xinjiang, as the area has been rocketed by repeated outbreaks of ethnic violence
AFP , Wednesday 1 Aug 2012
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A Muslim wearing a T-shirt showing the hammer and sickle symbols of Chinese Communist Party takes photos of a mosque on the first day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, in Xining, in northwestern China's Qinghai province Friday, July 20, 2012. (Photo: AP)

Authorities in China's restive northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during Ramadan, prompting an exiled rights group to warn of new violence.

Guidance posted on numerous government websites called on Communist Party leaders to restrict Muslim religious activities during the holy month, including fasting and visiting mosques.

Xinjiang is home to around nine million Uighurs, a Turkic speaking, largely Muslim ethnic minority, many of whom accuse China's leaders of religious and political persecution.

The region has been rocked by repeated outbreaks of ethnic violence, but China denies claims of repression and relies on tens of thousands of Uighur officials to help it govern Xinjiang.

A statement from Zonglang township in Xinjiang's Kashgar district said that "the county committee has issued comprehensive policies on maintaining social stability during the Ramadan period.

"It is forbidden for Communist Party cadres, civil officials (including those who have retired) and students to participate in Ramadan religious activities."

The statement, posted on the Xinjiang government website, urged party leaders to bring "gifts" of food to local village leaders to ensure that they were eating during Ramadan.

Similar orders on curbing Ramadan activities were posted on other local government websites, with the educational bureau of Wensu county urging schools to ensure that students do not enter mosques during Ramadan.

The holy month began in Xinjiang on July 20. The orders to curb religious activities were sent out across the region at different times, some before the start of Ramadan and some afterwards.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious and charitable.

An exiled rights group, the World Uyghur Congress, warned the policy would force "the Uighur people to resist (Chinese rule) even further."

"By banning fasting during Ramadan, China is using administrative methods to force the Uighur people to eat in an effort to break the fasting," said group spokesman Dilshat Rexit in a statement.

Xinjiang saw its worst ethnic violence in recent times in July, 2009, when Uighurs attacked members of the nation's dominant Han ethnic group in the city of Urumqi, sparking clashes in which 200 people from both sides died, according to the government.





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cxgd
02-07-2014 02:48pm
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The Chinese government has done a right thing
Heil China. The Chinese government has done a right thing to fight against Islam. Thanks to the awareness of the Chineses.Our country don't need Islam, we will never be dominated by islam. All the Chinese people should obey to the Chinese law, we are not the slaves of fucking Islam.
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kadir
02-08-2012 09:03am
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may Allah help you all
it is not abnormal for those blasted communists to do this.. enemies of Islam.. Our prayers are with you. Allah yar ve yardımcınız olsun (Amin)
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Samuel
02-08-2012 04:36am
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Unacceptable
I'm not a Muslim, but this is idiotic and harks back to the middle ages. It's also straight up racist.
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Khalil
02-08-2012 12:58am
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Fast
Don't worry guys - history has always seen that people have opposed the Islamic practices by force. Keep on fasting knowing that our Prophet Muhammad taught this to us. Allah be with you all. Rgds, Skr
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