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.
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.
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.
According to Radio Free Asia, he has ordered officials to keep close tabs on all detention and re-education centres, including those set up to re-educate so-called 'wild' imams who depart from government directives when preaching Islam.
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