CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY CONTROLS ON UYGHURS AND TIBETANS PRIOR TO 19TH PARTY CONGRESS

Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on October 9, 2017, that authorities in Guangdong province had fined the manager of a hotel in Shenzhen's Lo Wu district for violating a ban on ethnic minority Uyghur guests imposed prior to the 19th Party Congress later this month. A hotel employee was quoted as saying "According to rules set by the local police station, we had to pay a fine for accepting a guest from Xinjiang. Security has been much tighter now that it's the 19th party congress, and there is a ban on people from Xinjiang." She said the hotel had been fined 15,000 yuan (U.S. $2,260) for breaking the rule. An employee in a sauna in Shenzhen's Futian district said all service businesses had been required to demand IDs from customers since late September, as part of new security regulations linked to the 19th Party Congress. The employee said "They definitely have to register, and we can't have people from Xinjiang, but Han Chinese from Xinjiang can come in once they have registered." An employee of the Dongpu Tianhe branch of the 7Days Inn hotel chain in Guangzhou confirmed the ban was across the hospitality industry and said "For the time being, we can't accept Uyghur guests." An employee  of the Senlin Commercial Hotel in Zhengzhou, Henan province, confirmed the ban was in force there too and divulged that the ban had been in force since October 1.   

Meanwhile, in Hotan city there are now special "green lanes" for Han Chinese drivers to bypass security on roads leading into the city, while Muslim Uyghurs submit to inspections that include ID checks and body searches.







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