The CCP authorities continue taking down Islamic symbols from mosques and other buildings in China’s Xinjiang region.
The crescent moon and star, commonly recognized as the symbol of the Islamic faith, is disappearing from both secular and religious buildings in China. Bitter Winter presents photographic evidence of the government’s crackdown on religious liberties in Xinjiang.
Bitter Winter has previously reported about many cases of the demolition of mosques in Wusu city, Lianmuqin town, and other locations in Xinjiang, as well as forceful removal of symbols associated with the Muslim cultural identity or faith. The clampdown is the result of the President Xi Jinping’s policy to “sinicize religion,” introduced in 2015 and meant to bring religions into line with the Communist Party ideology.
Reported by Li Zaili