BEIJING (AP) - China is
discouraging some Muslims in the far western region of Xinjiang from
fasting during Ramadan. The government says the move is motivated by
health concerns, but others said Friday that it's a risky campaign to
secularize the Muslim minority that will likely backfire.
Several city, county and
village governments in Xinjiang have posted notices on their websites
banning or discouraging Communist Party members, civil servants,
students and teachers from fasting during the religious holiday. Muslims
around the world abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk during
the 30-day period.
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