Hundreds of ethnic Hui-muslims are staging a sit-in-protest against the government plans to abolish a huge new mosque in China’s western region of Ningxia. The protest which is said to be the largest impasse in Beijing’s efforts to suppress on Islamisation.
A huge crowd of Hui muslims was gathered in the square outside the Weizhou Grand Mosque from noon until the last night opposing the plans by the local government to abolish the mosque.
China officially guarantees freedom of religion , but the officials nervous in the recent years about the possibilities of radicalization and violence has led to the control in Muslim areas.
The officials in the town of Weizhou stated in a notice that, the Weizhou Grand Mosque had not received proper permit before the construction.
The talks between the mosque representatives and officials have failed to reach the agreement and then the provoked villagers gathered at the mosque squire on Friday morning.
The local county arrived at the place and urged the people to go back and promised that the government will not touch the newly built mosque until a reconstruction plan has been agreed upon by the townsmen.
Ningxia Government said that after days of negotiations it has been agreed to remove eight domes from the mosque. Many people did not want to see the domes to be removed.
In the crackdown, the government has banned religious education for young people in mosques, ordered that the call to prayer over loudspeakers be silenced, and sought to stamp out what it sees as Arab elements in mosques.
Since, Xi Jinping took to power in 2013, Xi has been stressing on the Communist Party’s upholding its ideological roots of Marxism, including adherence to atheism.