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I just read from Aljazeera. China is banning Ramadan fasting for students, faculty and civil servants in general for certain providences in the Muslim Northwest of the country. Chinese officials are saying that this is "aimed at protecting students' well being by preventing use of schools and government offices to promote religion."
Upon further reading though, this runs much deeper than that. China has apparently been growing quite wary of Muslims in their country as of late, and believe that Muslim extremists are responsible, at least in part, for the recent terrorist attacks throughout China. Dozens have been killed or injured by multiple bombings. Also of note, many opposed to this ban are saying that the country's leaders are attempting to quell religious ceremony as to not incite any further dissent from the one party system in power, that is mainly atheistic in nature.
Anyone have any more info on this China/Muslim Extremist situation?
For those that don't participate in the ritual and are only vaguely aware of what Ramadan is, here's a brief descript:
Ramadan is a major part of the Muslim faith. A daily fasting from dawn till dusk is part of the ceremony involved in participating, which lasts an entire month. This year, the fasting period, marked by the sighting of a crescent moon, began the evening of Saturday, June the 28th of 2014. It will end on the evening of the 28th of July.