Christians are not the only religious group that China has targeted for persecution. We reported here on November 9, 2018 about a huge concentration camp that houses about to one million Uighur Muslims. (See the report here.)
AP News reported at the end of November that China is also taking an intrusive approach to monitoring — and controlling — Uighur families.
The government has placed 1.1 million employees in the homes of Uighur families in the Xinjiang Province. Apparently, the governmnet was not satisfied to monitor activity on the street. Now it is monitoring activity inside Uighur homes.This is in addition to surveillance by helicopters, at armed checkpoints, and by CCTV cameras.
“The government is trying to destroy that last protected space in which Uighurs have been able to maintain their identity,” said Joanne Smith Finley, an ethnographer at England’s Newcastle University.
The government describes this program as a kind of cultural exchange initiative. Its reports celebrate the warm “family reunions,” as public servants and Uighurs shared meals and even beds. Photos show “visitors” helping Uighur children with their homework and cooking meals for their “families.” The AP reports that “a different photo showed two women ‘studying the 19th Party Congress and walking together into the new era’ — a nod to when Xi’s name was enshrined in the party constitution alongside the likes of Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong.”
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