Xinjiang officials must keep up the pressure in the run-up to China’s National Day, says local party chief Chen Quanguo

Chen Quanguo, Communist Party Secretary of Xinjiang Uyghur Atonomous Region meets police in Urumqi on Feb 21, 2017

The Communist Party chief in Xinjiang has told security forces and officials to “maintain high pressure” in the region ahead of the 70th anniversary celebrations for the People’s Republic of China.

In a speech on Monday, Chen Quanguo said they had to “resolutely implement measures to maintain stability” in the region, where Chen has overseen the mass incarceration of an estimated million Uygurs and other Muslims in the name of countering what the government calls “religious extremism”.

“We should … keep the alarm bells ringing and stay constantly vigilant, maintaining high pressure, allowing the region to reap the benefits of stability, and taking effective steps to ensure the overall social situation in Xinjiang continues to be harmonious and stable,” Chen said.

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