Religious Persecution in China: The Destruction of Mosques

In the second in a series of videos exposing the attacks on freedom of religion or belief in China, MP David Anderson addresses the destruction of mosques:

24,400 mosques in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have been destroyed since 2009 according to Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom. Radio Free Asia’s Uyghur Service found that, in a span of just three months, 5,000 have been destroyed under China’s “Rectification” campaign.

The Hui people have also been negatively affected by China’s “sinicization” policy. They are a Muslim multiethnoreligious group residing mostly in Ningxia Hui, an autonomous region of Northwest Mainland China. Many of their mosques were destroyed during Mao Zedong’s reign, but rebuilt since the Cultural Revolution. Chinese officials have focused on the destruction of these mosques because of their architectural features.

In August 2018, hundreds protested the demolition of The Weizhou Grand Mosque in Ningxia. Due to the pressure, the local government decided to remove some of the mosque’s domes and replaced others with pagodas. Chinese officials continue to remove Islamic and Arabic symbols, domes and buildings in the region.

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