Thursday, 16 March 2017
BEIJING: Authorities in the western region of Xinjiang have offered leniency to “separatists, terrorists and religious extremists” who turn themselves in, the latest in a string of recent security measures in the violence-prone region.
China says militants have stirred up tension in Xinjiang, where hundreds of people have been killed in recent years in unrest between mostly Muslim ethnic Uighurs and majority Han Chinese. Officials say they face a determined campaign by separatists who want to set up an independent state called East Turkestan.
Police, courts and prosecutors in Xinjiang’s southern region of Kashgar offered “leniency” or “exemption from punishment” in return for full confessions to a wide range of crimes from planning and inciting terrorism or separatism to making explosives, guns and ammunition.
Other violations eligible for leniency range from using religious extremism to break marriage and family planning laws and forcing others to wear religious extremist garb, to “buying matches in large quantities”, according to a posting on Xinjiang’s official public security WeChat messaging account. However, individuals have to turn themselves in to authorities.
Those who surrender explosives, guns, ammunition, controlled blades and other harmful chemicals and items, “could receive monetary compensation depending on the situation”, the post said. Thousands of Chinese armed police have staged parades and rallies in Xinjiang in recent weeks, in what officials called a “declaration of war” on militants and separatist forces.
Source by: Internet