The following text is from the 3rd Possibility (另一种可能) blog, translated by CDT:
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wang Lixiong: The 23 Behaviors of Illegal Religious Activity
Above the main entrance to a rural school hangs a red banner reading “Oppose illegal religious movements and ethnic separatists,” and in front of the entrance is pasted a notice ordering the arrest of terrorists. Right now, students are on summer break but teachers are still at school. A security guard told me that even though it is the summer break, teachers have still been required to come to school four days every week for political studies, primarily on how to prevent ethnic separatism. In the previous period, they studied documents related to the Rebiya Kadeer problem. Right now, the teachers’ political tasks are so great that teachers are spending more time studying these political issues than studying how to become better teachers.
In the school yard, on a wall hangs a row of notices, titled “23 behaviors of illegal religious activity.” Each behavior has a picture with an explanation in Mandarin and Uighur. The 23 illegal behaviors, together, are:
Forcing others to profess a religion
Forcing others to observe Ramadan
Opening private schools to study religious texts
Conducting marriage ceremonies in traditional methods
Encouraging students to attend religious services.
Interfering with social life by implementing traditional practices
Going on non-government-sponsored pilgrimages
Collecting religious taxes or fees
Building new religious places without authorization
Organizing or hosting religious activities without government credentials.
Organizing religious events outside of permitted areas
Printing and distributing religious propaganda
Receiving religious contributions from foreign countries.
Conducting religious activity in foreign countries.
Arbitrarily growing religious following
Attacking patriotic religious people
Infiltration by foreign religious elements
Inter-religious feuding or fighting
Disseminating speech inconsistent with the official version
Organizing demonstrations or protests
Establishing counter-revolutionary organizations
All other activities that interfering with the social order.
It’s very detailed, isn’t it? When I took a picture of the notice board, two Uighurs came out of the office, one male, one female, who looked like the school’s directors. Muhetaer spoke in Uighur to them, explaining that we are on vacation. I quickly finished taking my pictures, and exchanged a friendly farewell to the two directors.
the above text is an excerpt of Wang Lixiong’s “My West Land, Your East Turkestan”, published by Dakuai publishing house in Taiwan in October, 2007.）