Yining in Xinjiang Province bans beards and burkas

The Yining Government just released a plan of action that targets beard and burka-wearers across the municipality. The plan calls for a house-to-house search for any bearded men or women wearing non-revealing clothing and then ordering them to shave and strip. Disobedience will be met with prison terms. The new plan comes on the heels of China’s clumsy heavy-handed approach to defuse Tibetan desperation. Weibo netizens derided the plan, for the most part, but after posting reached 2000 comments, it was taken down … in the name of harmony.

Below, the plan in Chinese with especially inflammatory parts circled in red:

The harmonizing hand at work.

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