Muslims Cry ‘Islamaphobia’ After Chinese City Bans Islamic Beards, Headwear, And Burkas
A city in China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has banned people with large beards or Islamic clothing from travelling on public buses, state media said, prompting outrage from an overseas rights group.
Authorities in Karamay banned people wearing hijabs, niqabs, burqas or clothing with the Islamic star and crescent symbol from taking local buses, the Karamay Daily reported.
The ban also covered “large beards”, the paper said, adding: “Those who do not co-operate with inspection teams will be handled by police.”
China has blamed several deadly attacks on civilians outside the region in recent months on “terrorists” seeking independence for the region.
Rights groups say restrictions on Uighurs’ religious and cultural freedoms have stoked tensions.
In July China banned students and government staff from Ramadan fasting, while officials have also tried to encourage locals in Xinjiang not to wear Islamic veils.
The Karamay restrictions are “a typical discriminatory measure … which add to an increasing confrontation between Uighurs
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