China’s Muslim Uyghurs Forbidden to Fast During Ramadan

Chinese authorities in Xinjiang Province have issued a notice that any Uyghur cadres or workers found not eating lunch during Ramadan could lose their jobs.

It is part of the campaign of local authorities in Xinjiang, home to the Muslim Uyghur ethnic group, to force the Uyghur people to give up their religious rituals during the fasting month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar, which begun this year on Aug. 22. It requires not eating during the daytime.

“Free lunches, tea, and coffee—that authorities are calling ‘Care from the government’ or ‘Living allowance’—are being offered in government departments and companies. But it is actually a ploy used to find out who is fasting,” said Dilxat Raxit, World Uyghur Congress spokesman, speaking to The Epoch Times.

According to Dilxat, Uyghur Communist Party cadres throughout Xinjiang had been forced to sign “letters of responsibility” promising to avoid fasting and other religious activities. They are also responsible for enforcing the policy in their assigned areas, and face punishment if anyone in these areas fasts.

For the first time, Dilxat said, the crackdown has extended to retired Communist Party members. Current cadres are required to visit them to prevent them from participating in the fast. If anyone violates the ban, local leaders will be held responsible and severely punished, he said.

Muslim restaurant owners are forced to sign a document to remain open and continue selling alcohol during Ramadan or have their licenses revoked, he said.

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Did you know Chinese people are just as arrogant and ignorant as American people?!

I don't mean as individuals, but as a gross generalisation in terms of culture, attitudes to other countries, attitudes to non-Chinese people etc.

Don't just do something! Stand there.

Would that be the case for everywhere?

"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'" - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. 13 May 2015.

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Would that be the case for everywhere?

Nope. I think it's a 'big powerful country' syndrome. British Nationalists have it cos of the British Empire. But I think most normal Brits aren't quite so "only my country matters".

Don't get Scandinavians like that, cos the last time they had something resembling an empire they had helmets with horns on them.

Don't just do something! Stand there.