China orders Uyghur mosques hang Chinese flags

Tension has increased following China’s ruling making it mandatory that Chinese flags be hung at the mosques of the Uyghur minority.

China orders Uyghur mosques hang Chinese flags

World Bulletin/News Desk

As the Chinese government increases its repressive regulations on East Turkestan, a new regulation has further increased tension.

The administration has lately issued a circulation decreeing that Chinese flags be hung at mosques and that the flags be protected by the mosque imams tied to the Communist Party. As mandated in the circulars, flagpoles were erected at all mosques and flags were hung.

According to the statements of eyewitnesses, at the beginning of March, unidentified persons in the Colpan Yiza village of the Yenihisar town burnt a Chinese flag that was hung at the neighborhood mosque. After being informed of the news, the Chinese occupation forces blockaded entry into and exit from the village and questioned everyone who resided there. It is reported that the perpetrator was not found but close to 50 people were taken into custody and arrested, starting with the imam of the mosque.

The Chinese administration passed a decision in recent days prohibiting youths under 18 years old, women, and Muslim Uyghurs who are Communist Party members and civil servants from going to mosques. China had previously banned bearded men and veiled women from entering hospitals, government offices and public spaces. China also placed new restrictions and conditions on persons wishing to go on the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Mart 2013, 12:03