The state also banned other “extremists acts” which include, “refusal to listen to government radio or watch state-produced television programs”, “denying children of having a national education”,“interfering with or sabotaging the enforcement of family planning policies”, “damaging national identity cards, household registration books or the Chinese currency on purpose” as well as “using the concept of Halal in non-food-related areas or using it to intervene in other people’s secular lives.”
Even the schools in the region take part in the cultural repression, with students reportedly being discouraged from using the traditional Arabic Muslim greeting As-Salaam Alaikum (“peace be upon you”).
The policies are reportedly in accordance with President Xi Jinping’s call for a “great wall of iron” in Xinjiang during the annual meeting of China’s parliament earlier this year.
A group of Uyghurs, who claimed to be a part of the Islamic State group, have earlier threatened they would return to China and “shed blood like rivers.”
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