A policeman passes an ethnic Uyghur, selling bags on a street in Urumqi in China's Xinjiang region in this file photo. Relatives of security personnel are now being detained in a crackdown on the Muslim ethnic group according to sources. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP)
Relatives of Uyghur security personnel are now being detained as part of a crackdown on the ethnic Muslim group in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, according to sources.
Authorities had previously considered family members of security personnel enforcing the crackdown “off limits” in previous campaigns.Thousands of Uyghurs accused of having “extremist” and “politically incorrect” views have been sent to political re-education camps and prisons across the region.Sources in Kashgar prefecture’s Yengisar (Yingjisha) county recently told Radio Free Asia that Uyghur police officers and their family members are now being targeted.An officer from Saghan township’s No. 3 village police station said nearly half of the nine regular duty officers working there have family members who were detained.