For ordinary people, surveilled daily – even to enter one’s home – and treated as terrorists, life in the region turned into a depressing, prison-like existence.
As Uyghur parents are taken away for re-education, children are surrounded by barbed wire, forbidden to speak their language.
Political studies, restricted speech, and “transformation” tasks: Teachers on assignment in Xinjiang under intense control, causing depression and anxiety.
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.