Oct 10 2013
No political correctness in THIS country! The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, home to Uyghur Muslims, has punished 256 people for spreading online rumors that jeopardized social stability, and arrested another 139 for “spreading religious extremism, including jihad.”
Indian Express Several people received admonitions, while 16 were put under criminal custody, Hou Hanmin, deputy director of the publicity department under the region’s Communist Party, said.
Police in Xinjiang have handled an “increasing number of cases in which individuals have posted or searched for religious extremist content on the Internet during the past three years”.
Some even plot “terrorist attacks online” and later put their plans into action, the source said, without giving the exact number. China is battling Islamst militancy in Xinjiang where officials say the separatist East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), an Al Qaeda affiliated group, has become active after riots between Uygurs and Han Chinese settlers in the last few years.
Uygurs protests growing settlements of Hans in the resource rich western province.
As US troops set to leave Afghanistan next year, China is more concerned about its likely fallout as Xinjiang shares borders with Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Afghanistan.
Officials say most people involved in the acts of extremism are not well educated and some of them are unemployed, and spread extreme religious ideas gaining thousands of followers, Fan Guanghui, an official with the region’s public security department said.
A farmer in Hotan was detained after he uploaded 2GB of e-books about secessionism which were read 30,000 times, the Global Times said.