Xinjiang’s top official vows harsh crackdown on religious extremists

From xinhuanet

URUMQI, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) — The top official of far western China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has ordered a harsh crackdown on religious extremists in the latest clampdown on outbursts of violence.

Zhang Chunxian, secretary of Xinjiang regional committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), made the pledge at a regional government meeting in the wake of a trio of deadly attacks in the region.

Zhang ordered cadres and officials to rely on the public to unswervingly curb illegal religious activities and crack down on the use of the religion to incite violence or organize terrorist attacks, local media reported Monday.

He said the managing of religious affairs should follow the central government’s policy to “protect the legitimate, ban the illegal, fight infiltration, and crack down on crimes.”

Xinjiang — with 41.5 percent of its 21 million population Uygurs, a largely Muslim Chinese ethnic group — is at China’s frontline against separatism, extremism and terrorism.

Two bloody attacks occurred in the city of Kashgar on the last weekend of July, leaving at least 14 civilians killed and 42 others injured. Police shot dead eight attackers in clashes. The Kashgar violence followed a terrorist attack targeting a police station in the city of Hotan that left 18 people, including 14 attackers, killed.

Zhang said the focus of work at present is to stem out the series attacks and unswervingly curb mass incidents triggered by the violence.

Local media reports quoted Zhang as saying that the government meeting was held to re-arrange work on maintaining stability in Xinjiang in line with the latest instructions of President Hu jintao and other top leaders.

Zhang said the central leadership paid great attention to the stability in Xinjiang and President Hu had made “important instructions” on how to deal with the current complicated security situation in Xinjiang.

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5 Replies to “Xinjiang’s top official vows harsh crackdown on religious extremists”

  1. By legitimate they mean the religions that are controlled by the party, the ones that preach Marx rather then what the holy writings of their religion say, it is sad that it took a couple of Moslem terror attacks to show the world that Communist China hasn’t changed.

  2. I think it is great the way they deal with those backward islamics, and three cheers for the Chinese Government. In those regions they are infiltrated by the packis and afghans and extreme radicals that live in backward lifestyles with the degredation of women as part of their primative existence.
    China has tried to bring them into the 21st century by putting lots of money into infrastructure, schools, and by encouraging Han Chinese to move into the areas to influence the backward lunatics.
    Bravo Bravo Bravo to the Chinese Government,
    hopefully one of the dead ones is the one who tried to run me over in Kashgar for trying to take a photo of one of the repressed islamic women,
    and hopefully they can do the same in that backward cracked misogynistic area of Tibet as well, where the natives live in their backward filthy existences waitiing for that bullcrap dali lama sponsored by movies stars and world leaders, back to his throne kingdom where he can continue with his backward influence on all tibetans. He has done a great marketing job of wandering all around the world for 50 years in his orange and maroon dress, manageing to lobby world leaders so he can get his throne back.

  3. When it comes to territorial integrity, China’s stand will never change.
    Personally, I would rather live under a Communist China than a China under Sharia.
    In fact, Mao’s ” People’s Democratic Dictatorship” is being effectively practiced by Obama with a strong Islamic flavor/favor !

  4. They are opposite sides of the same coin, both are dictatorships of oligarchs who make and interrupt the laws the way that benefits the oligarchs the best. Your rights change daily and you are forbidden to think for yourself.

    Personally I would hate to be forced to live under either one.

  5. When I was in China and spending time with people aged 17 to 50, from all parts of China, and all walks of life, from Oil Company Executives, Communist Party, Lawyers, Factory owners, kids just graduated, older traditionalists, atheletes, all sorts, TV people, I found that they were very competent at thinking for themselves, Modern, critical thinkers, some attended christian churches, some liked to go to the underground movie theatres where the films about the horrible aspects of the mining dangers were shown, others enjoyed the arts and some enjoyed the historical aspects of the culture before Mao.

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