Gansu authorities demolish mosque



Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Chinese government
often demolishes religious
structures, such as the
church above.
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(Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu—April 20, 2019) More than 100 government officials sabotaged a mosque in China’s northern Gansu province on April 11, seizing people who circulated the event online.

The authorities said the mosque, which was built less than a month ago, had “Arabic cultural” elements and demanded the demolition of its dome. The members of the mosque agreed to cooperate with the government and let them make the adjustments. However, the government also demolished the sanctuary and removed the building’s minarets. Local Muslims arrived at the scene to protest, and multiple elderly Muslims laid on the ground and cried.

People who spread videos of the demolition online were taken into custody.

The Chinese government often fears that outer expressions of Islam, such as traditional clothing and architecture, are indicative of terrorism, even though these claims have no factual backing.

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