China Targets Ordinary Uighurs With Beards, Burkas

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    China Targets Ordinary Uighurs With Beards, Burkas

    Outside a mosque in China's restive west, a government-appointed Muslim cleric was dodging a foreign reporter's question about why young men of the Uighur ethnic minority don't have beards when one such youth interrupted.

    "Why don't you just tell them the truth?" he shouted to the cleric under the nervous gaze of several police officers who had been tailing the reporters all day in the oasis city of Aksu. "It's because the government doesn't allow beards."

    A plainclothes Uighur policeman swiftly rebuked the young man. "Be careful what you say," he warned.


    The tense exchange provided a fleeting glimpse of both the extremes of China's restrictions on minority Uighurs and the resentment that simmers beneath the surface in their homeland. Such a mood pervades Xinjiang's south, a vast, mainly rural region that's become a key battleground in the ruling Communist Party's struggle to contain escalating ethnic violence that has killed at least a few hundred people over the past 18 months.

    The personal matter of facial hair has taken on heavy political overtones in the Uighur heartland. Also proscribed are certain types of women's headscarves, veils and "jilbabs," loose, full-length garments worn in public. Such restrictions are not new but their enforcement has intensified this year in the wake of attacks Beijing has blamed on religious extremists.

    In a recent sweep of Urumqi, the region's capital, authorities last week said they seized 1,265 hijab-type headscarves, 259 jilbabs and even clothes printed with Islamic star-and-crescent symbols. Officials also "rescued" 82 children from studying the Quran, the government said.

    The prohibitions on Islamic attire and beards have attracted widespread criticism, with many experts saying such repression angers ordinary Uighurs and risks radicalizing them.

    "It's a self-fulfilling prophecy, it's self-perpetuating. The more they crack down on it, the more people re-Islamize. This is a pattern we see all over the world," said Joanne Smith Finley, an expert on Uighurs at Britain's Newcastle University. "The Chinese state has created a growing terrorist threat where previously there was none. It has stimulated an Islamic renewal where there wouldn't necessarily have been one."

    A major thrust of the yearlong crackdown on terrorism has been a campaign against religious extremism, with arrests of hundreds of people for watching videos apparently hailing terrorism or extremist ideology. But authorities also are targeting beards, veils and other symbols of religious piety in a campaign that creeps ever farther into Uighurs' daily lives despite official claims that the government respects religious freedom.

    "At the moment, we face a very serious, intense and complex situation with fighting terrorism and maintaining stability," a party newspaper, the Xinjiang Daily, said in an edict to "front-line" minority cadres in late July. Officials, it said, must also act to control weddings without singing and dancing and funerals where there are no feasts — referring to Uighur customs the government says Islamic conservatives have barred.

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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The Chinese must be banning beards because of a complex maybe.

    They are not very hirsute and hence do not want any one to overshadow them or mock their genetic deficiency.
     
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    How cunning ABC is! :rofl: winding a long way over "beard", "veil", but only giving a short short coverage of "Islamic conservatives" suffocating secular traditions in the end.

    What an expert? No wonder UK contributing so many jihadists to Levant battlefields :toilet:
    And ABC shall cover this too Eight terrorists executed in Xinjiang|Society|chinadaily.com.cn
     
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    China targets ordinary Uighurs with beards, burkas | Arab News — Saudi Arabia News, Middle East News, Opinion, Economy and more.

     
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    The Chinese are "tone-deaf" when it comes to "Han nationalism".

    All their intelligence and the natural Chinese pragmatism disappear when the subject turns to their beloved "Han nationalism/identity".
    They are bound and determined to make the Uighurs, and any other ethnic minority subservient to Han culture......even if it means wiping them out by systematic state oppression.

    No amount of historical, or empirical evidence to the contrary will convince them to change their course.
    This is indeed the ultimate definition of being "tone-deaf".

    It is also the biggest inherent weakness of an political system where 6 or 7 men make every major decision in the country.
    There is no one to challenge their belief system......especially when its a sensitive topic like minority rights.
    It is a cloistered small group of old men, all above 60 years of age, who control every major decision, and have to watch their back every step of the way so that they don't stabbed in the back.

    It is a system that served China well, when it wanted to go from a poor country to a middle-class country......but is going to run out of steam very soon, as China becomes part of the very messy global world.
     
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    Ray, you prove again your worship of racisim.

    I suggest every chinese member add a quote at the end of reply

    Racist Ray try to preach ways of ethnic harmony
     
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    This is against the principal of friendship number 420 between pakis and chinis
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Only an illiterate would find everything is racism.

    Androgenic hair, colloquially body hair, is the terminal hair that develops on the human body during and after puberty. It is differentiated from the head hair and less visible vellus hair, which are much finer and lighter in colour. The growth of androgenic hair is related to the level of androgens (male hormones) in the individual. Due to a normally higher level of androgen, men tend to have more androgenic hair than women.

    Read scholarly tomes on DNA and you will understand it better than embarking on juvenile barking.

    It is a fact that is seen on this forum that the Chinese have this penchant of wanting to showcase the they are supreme in all ways - Bestest, Fastest, Strongest, Highest, Tallest, et al. This aspect of the Chinese cannot be denied since it is sprawled all over the posts and their photos that even shows towns as villages to showcase villages as glittering and scintillating.

    Therefore, it is obvious conjecture that one draws that the Uighur are 'hairiest' compared to the Chinese and so the Chinese cannot compete in this realm since they cannot change natural physical attributes.

    So, what is the best way out for the Han. who cannot showcase themselves in this realm?

    Bring the Uighurs to size so that they cannot showcase that they have more than the Han, and thus burst their bubble of being the best in everything.

    And so they use their totalitarian power - off with the beard!

    So, how is the application of the Han psyche and mindset, racism?

    Ethnic harmony is done through allowing people to grow their own way and not by diktat.
     
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