Date
17 August 2017
Karamay's temporary dress code means people wearing Muslim apparel including the burqa and headscarves and men with beards will be banned from buses. Photo: qq.com, chinanews.com
Karamay's temporary dress code means people wearing Muslim apparel including the burqa and headscarves and men with beards will be banned from buses. Photo: qq.com, chinanews.com

Xinjiang’s Karamay bans Muslim garments and beards on buses

A strict dress code for bus passengers has been ordered in Karamay in a move to tighten public security as the city in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region hosts a sports event, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

People wearing Islamic apparel such as the outer garment burqa for women, headscarves, long and loose garments or garments with moon-and-star symbols will be banned from taking public buses, the Karamay government said. Men with full beards will also be barred.

The city is hosting the 13th Xinjiang Sports Games from Aug. 8 to 20. 

The new rule, effective from Aug. 4 to 20, came after dozens of civilians were killed or injured in a terrorist attack on July 28 in Xinjiang’s Shache County. Later that week, the imam of China’s largest mosque in Xinjiang was murdered.

Karamay began deploying security squads at its 59 bus stations from Aug. 4 to ensure public transport safety, local newspapers said. Passengers’ belongings are checked and those who carry flammable and combustible objects are told not to take buses.

Meanwhile, bus operator Xinjiang Oilfield Co. has adopted temporary security measures including a real-name system for bus ticket buyers and passengers.

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