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Wed Jul 31, 2019, 12:18 PM

Sign of the times: China's capital orders Arabic, Muslim symbols taken down

BEIJING (Reuters) - Authorities in the Chinese capital have ordered halal restaurants and food stalls to remove Arabic script and symbols associated with Islam from their signs, part of an expanding national effort to "Sinicize" its Muslim population.

Employees at 11 restaurants and shops in Beijing selling halal products and visited by Reuters in recent days said officials had told them to remove images associated with Islam, such as the crescent moon and the word "halal" written in Arabic, from signs.

Government workers from various offices told one manager of a Beijing noodle shop to cover up the "halal" in Arabic on his shop's sign, and then watched him do it.

"They said this is foreign culture and you should use more Chinese culture," said the manager, who, like all restaurant owners and employees who spoke to Reuters, declined to give his name due to the sensitivity of the issue.

The campaign against Arabic script and Islamic images marks a new phase of a drive that has gained momentum since 2016, aimed at ensuring religions conform with mainstream Chinese culture.

The campaign has included the removal of Middle Eastern-style domes on many mosques around the country in favor of Chinese-style pagodas.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/sign-of-the-times-chinas-capital-orders-arabic-muslim-symbols-taken-down/ar-AAF6Sdy?li=BBnbcA1

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 12:34 PM

1. This can only happen in an autocratic country!

Surprisingly, terror attacks in China by the suppressed Muslims has not happened.

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Response to at140 (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 03:09 PM

3. Autocracy takes a number of forms.

In this case, the authoritarian regime, heading back from fascism to socialism, doesn't want the competition--either for hearts and minds or for "diversity."

You can be Uighur, provided that you're actually Han on the outside and your "diversity is releated to different skin tone, perhaps different food, *maybe* differently accented music. But the values, value hierarchy, conduct, beliefs all have to be "universal," which is to say, like the ruling, elite class's. Solidarity in diversity. Or is it "diversity in solidarity."

The USSR was the same.

It's the same if you're Xian in a lot of Muslim countries.

Modi's Hindutva would like this very much. It's at the core of anti-Rohingya thinking.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 01:05 PM

2. No freedom of expression Bet trump and pals taking notes Conform or else!

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