China jails and ‘brainwashes’ Imams to force them to give up their religious beliefs after they were found to be ‘preaching Islam against the rules set by the Communist Party’

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  • Authorities in the northwestern China have launched restrictions on imams
  • Crackdown is based on rules ordering officials re-educate religious leaders 
  • Security measures tighter in the run-up to the Party Congress that opened today

Authorities in north-western China have reportedly launched harsh restrictions on Muslim religious leaders by brainwashing and imprisoning those who refuse to accept new rules set by religious affairs officials.

Officials in Xinjiang have been asked to ensure that ‘nothing happens: not major incidents, not medium incidents, nor minor incidents,’ in the run-up to the party congress in Beijing that opened earlier today, according to media reports.

The tense region is home to a Muslim ethnic Uighur minority who China has blamed for forming separatist groups and fueling terrorism.

Chinese Muslims gather to take part in  prayers during the Islamic festival Eid (file photo)

Chinese Muslims gather to take part in prayers during the Islamic festival Eid (file photo)

Police in Xinjiang, China have stepped up has stepped up it's security measures (file photo)

Police in Xinjiang, China have stepped up has stepped up it’s security measures (file photo)

China has vowed to crackdown on religious extremism and has stepped up it’s security measures. In recent weeks, the Koran and other religious items have been banned and last week, a prominent Muslim bookshop in Beijing was closed down.

An anonymous source told Radio Free Asia on Monday that the tough measures are based on a recent speech given last month by the region’s Communist Party secretary Chen Quanguo.

This soldier-turned-politician is unknown outside of China, but within China,he has initiated several harsh policies targeting the religious freedom of Uyghurs, including banning fasting during Ramadan.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/china/article-4993176/China-detains-wild-Imams-don-t-preach-Islam.html

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