Tuesday, January 20, 2015

China bans burqa in biggest Muslim city

Violence increases between Uyghur majority, Han minority

WPBF - Jan 14, 2015

BEIJING (CNN) —Legislators in China's far-western Xinjiang province have passed a law to prohibit residents from wearing burqas in public, state media reported, in a continued campaign against what authorities view as religious extremism. The new ban in Urumqi was approved by local legislators last month, and given the greenlight by the regional legislature at the weekend.  The ordinance name suggests it targets outer garments covering someone's full body including the face, which is called a burqa in some Islamic traditions.  A spate of recent violent incidents has rocked Xinjiang, a resource-rich region long inhabited by the Turkic-speaking, largely Muslim Uyghurs.  The arrival of waves of Han Chinese, the country's predominant ethnic group, over the past decades has fueled ethnic tensions.

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