Chinese City seeks to banish Muslim Veil

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    JAISWAL Senior Member Senior Member

    Mar 13, 2010
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    Western China city seeks to banish Muslim veil | Reuters

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A city in heavily Muslim far
    western China has begun a campaign to
    discourage veils and growing long beards in a
    bid to "dilute religious consciousness," media
    reports said Thursday.
    The notice by the government in the Xinjiang
    city of Yining was uploaded in full by several
    Chinese news websites, and by Hong Kong-
    based Phoenix Television, though it then
    vanished from the Yining government's website
    (网站首页-中国伊宁政务门户网站 伊宁市政府网).
    Many Uighurs, a Turkic language-speaking
    Muslim people native to Xinjiang, resent Chinese
    rule and controls on their religion, culture and
    language, and the region has seen sporadic
    cases of violent unrest.
    The notice said the government in the Dunmaili
    district of Yining had decided to "further
    implement the Party's activities to dilute religious
    consciousness and advocate a civilized and
    healthy lifestyle."
    One of the campaign's aims, it said, was to end
    the "the abnormal phenomenon" of ethnic
    minority women and youth wearing Arab dress,
    growing long beards or covering their faces in
    Women who had already "been transformed"
    would be invited to hold talks to discuss their
    experience, as would women who had launched
    successful careers.
    Yining government officials declined to comment
    when contacted by telephone.
    Hou Hanmin, a Xinjiang government
    spokeswoman, told Reuters she was not aware
    of the notice, but that generally people in the
    region were free to wear what they wanted,
    including ethnic minorities.
    "However, for certain jobs and in education
    there are rules about what you cannot wear
    simply as a matter of convenience," she said by
    Yining, also known as Ghulja or Yili, has a
    population of some 515,000 people, about 46
    percent of whom are Uighur, according to the
    2010 census figures. It was the site of deadly
    riots in 1997.
    While Uighurs have traditionally practiced a
    more relaxed form of Islam, parts of Xinjiang
    have become noticeably more conservative and
    Islamic over the past few years, despite
    government efforts to reverse that trend.
    (Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee and Ben Blanchard,
    Additional reporting by Beijing Newsroom,
    Editing by Jonathan Thatcher)
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  3. agentperry

    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

    Oct 24, 2010
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    what pakistanis has to say about it.

    they are first to shout a loud anti slogans for the nations banning the veil and hafeez saed is also the first to organize a mass rally calling death to that nation with a compulsory jihad against it. what zahil hamid has to say we all know thru ultra stupid comments from pak land!

    this time there will be celebration calling people to follow this as this dictate is from place higher than himalaya, lower than ocean, sweeter than honey and in short master of every piece of paksitan

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