A Bitter Winter reporter went to Shawan county to learn how government suppression affects daily lives: mass arrests, burned books, and destroyed mosques.
Using agricultural metaphors, authorities move to “excavate, reduce, and eradicate” their enemies by Cultural Revolution-like citizens reporting on each other.
There is no escape from religious persecution. In the smallest villages, mosques are destroyed, people are forced to break Halal laws, and face re-education.
Government officials are monitoring funeral services in Xinjiang and prohibiting Muslims from commemorating their dead according to their faith and customs.
Poor Tibetans lose their land, then lose their subsistence allowances unless they stop the practice of Buddhism. Grid Administrators monitor.
Despite officially ending “re-education through labor” five years ago, Xinjiang is bringing back labor camps. And the Party is reaping the profits.
Xinjiang authorities are forcing Muslim men to get rid of traditional attributes or face “transformation through education” camps.
Xinjiang regulations imposed in the name of social stability harm businesses, and can be used to persecute merchants arbitrarily.
Authorities in China scan cell phones at will, and even the most benign comment – from years ago – can have lifelong consequences.
Despite the best efforts of the Chinese authorities, more leaks emerge of the logistics and the inhumane treatment, and the fear endured, by Uyghur detainees.