Hui poet fears for his people as China ‘Sinicizes’ religion

1000 (4)Source: Associated Press

By SAM MCNEIL

JINAN, China (AP) — Cui Haoxin is too young to remember the days of his people’s oppression under Mao Zedong.

The 39-year-old poet was born after the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, when the Hui — China’s second-largest Muslim ethnic group — were among the masses tormented by the Red Guard.

In the years since, the Hui (pronounced HWAY) generally have been supportive of the government and mostly spared the kind of persecution endured by China’s largest Muslim group, the Uighur.

There are signs, though, that that is changing. Cui fears both that history may be repeating itself and for his own safety as he tries to hold the ruling Communist Party accountable.

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