Uighur Separatists Arrested in Xinjiang's Hetian Prefecture

September 7, 2005

Police arrested seven members of an East Turkestan separatist organization in Hetian prefecture in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, according an to August 30 article in the Hong Kong daily Wen Wei Po. The article also reports that since January, Hetian authorities have disbanded six "illegal underground" religious schools and confiscated unauthorized religious books, periodicals, and audio and video tapes. Xinjiang regulations require that all materials with religious content receive approval from the China Islamic Association before publication or dissemination.