China Launches “Strike Hard” Crackdown in Restive West

Following the unrest over the summer, the government has launched a “” campaign in Xinjiang, Reuters reports:

Now the regional government is demanding tough action to bring stability back to the , Communist mouthpiece the People’s Daily reported on Tuesday.

“From the start of November, security bodies in Xinjiang will … start a thorough ‘strike hard and punish’ campaign to further consolidate the fruits of maintaining stability and eliminate security dangers,” it said.

Security forces would “root out places where criminals breed, and change the face of the public security situation in these areas”, the report said.

The term “strike hard” harkens back to the , when Chinese forces launched campaign-like sweeps intended to catch -breakers. Pro-reform legal experts in China later criticised those campaigns for ignoring suspects’ rights and setting targets for arrests that encouraged abuses.

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