‘Like a movie’: In Xinjiang, new evidence that China stages prayers, street scenes for visiting delegations

Nathan VanderKlippe | Published November 4, 2019

People walking past a mosque in Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang, on Sept. 11, 2019.

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People walking past a mosque in Urumqi, the regional capital of Xinjiang, on Sept. 11, 2019.
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One day last October, eight local officials entered Zumuret Dawut’s home in Urumqi, Xinjiang. They came to ask her elderly father to pray – and they promised to pay. They said, “We will give you 20 renminbi for each time you pray,you will need to pray five times tomorrow. So we will give you 100 renminbi” – about $18.50.

Ms. Dawut’s 79-year-old father was puzzled. But the officials and police said an inspection tour was being arranged that would bring dignitaries from around the world to Urumqi and they wanted the visitors to see people praying.

To quell international anxieties about Xinjiang, one of China’s most important assets has been government loyalists who have defended the indoctrination centres and have staged intricately managed scenes filled with pedestrians, street vendors and drivers played by people – police officers, teachers, retirees – who have been screened by the authorities and assigned roles.

In this play directed by China, Xinjiang has just switched to a prettier stage set.

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Source: The Globe and Mail

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