China Orders Muslims to Stay Home for Torch Relay

Beijing blames community for independence attacks
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 16, 2008 9:06 AM CDT
A young Uighur student in a traditional costume waits at Shanghai Stadium to see Beijing Olympic torch relay in Shanghai, China, Saturday, May 24, 2008. The Olympic torch relay in Shanghai was postponed...   (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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(Newser) – Chinese officials have told China's Muslim Uighur to stay in their homes and watch the Olympic torch on TV when it winds its way through the troubled western region of Xinjiang, Reuters reports. Beijing blames the Uighur for a series of attacks that are part of a push for an independent state.

"Considering that too many people will cause a lack of safety, we are recommending that everyone watches on the television from home," a Communist Party boss was quoted as saying.