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Phantom enemies

China’s leaders are creating what they seek to avoid—a coordinated resistance

By Mark Kitto   September 2013

Mark Kitto and his family camp in Moyu County, Xinjiang. (© Mark Kitto)

After prayers on Friday 28th June, in the village of Hanerik , Hetian Prefecture, in the southern half of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China, there was a civil disturbance. Due to the absence of independent witnesses, it is difficult to know what caused the disturbance and how it developed, but as it happened immediately after prayers it is likely that resentment of official interference in local religious affairs caused a number of young men…

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