Exiles Uyghurs angered as China holds beer festival in Muslim region

2015-06-22 07:44:30 | Al Muslim News
Exiles Uyghurs angered as China holds beer festival in Muslim region
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A county in the heavily Muslim southern part of China's unruly region of Xinjiang has held a beer festival in the run-up to the holy month of Ramadan, the government said, in what an exiled group called an open provocation. 

Ramadan is a sensitive time in Xinjiang in China's far west after an uptick in attacks over the past three years, in which hundreds have died, Hurriyet News reported.
    
State media and Xinjiang government websites have published stories and official notices again this year demanding that Communist Party members, civil servants, students and teachers in particular do not observe Ramadan and do not fast. 
    
The beer festival happened in a village in Niya County in the deep south of Xinjiang, which is overwhelmingly populated by the Muslim Uighur people who call Xinjiang home. Muslims are not meant to consume alcohol, according to the Quran. 
    
The Niya government website said the "beer competition", which happened on June 15  just before the start of Ramadan, was attended by more than 60 young farmers and herders. 
    
It showed pictures of women dancing in front of a stage and a line of men downing as much beer as they could in one minute. At least was wearing a traditional Uyghur skull cap. 
    
"This beer competition was varied and entertaining," the government said, noting that there were cash awards of up to 1,000 yuan ($161) for competition winners. 
    
The article was picked up on the regional government's news website early on June 21. 
    
"Its aim was to use modern culture to brighten up the village's cultural life, squeeze the space for illegal religious promotion ... and guarantee the village's harmony and stability," the website said. 
    
It quoted one villager as saying: "This activity that's been organised is great, livening up the busy farming seasons and banishing our tiredness. I'm going to drink up, and I'll definitely get a top prize to take home and make my wife happy." 
    
Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exiled group the World Uyghur Congress, condemned the event. 
    
"This is an open provocation to the Islamic faith," he said in an emailed statement. 
   

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