China Poised to Demolish Mosque Despite Hui Protests
Authorities in northwestern China were poised to begin demolition of a mosque Friday despite protests by hundreds of members of the country’s Muslim Hui ethnic minority determined to preserve the newly built structure. A crowd gathered Thursday outside the towering Grand Mosque in the town of Weizhou in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region and was being watched closely by police, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post said. No clashes were reported. It wasn’t immediately clear if the plan to begin the demolition Friday would proceed according to schedule. The SCMP said an alternative plan had been floated to remove eight of the nine domes on the massive structure, which was completed last year but never obtained proper construction and operating permits. The move comes as China’s officially atheist ruling Communist Party is cracking down on religious expression and attacking what it calls radical ideas among the country’s...
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