The suspension of train ticket sales in the far west of China has fuelled speculation that the government has requisitioned the railways to move large numbers of Muslims detained as part of a huge anti‑terrorism and re‑education scheme to other parts of the country.
As many as one million members of the Uighur ethnic group are thought to have been locked up in centres where they are forced to undergo de-radicalisation programmes and recant their faith. The government has denied the accusations and dismissed claims that it is engaged in ethnic or religious persecution, insisting that it is providing job training and treating those harbouring radical thoughts. The region has been plagued by violent attacks since 2009.
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