China has forced Muslim shopkeepers in Aktash, a village in the region of Xinjiang, to sell cigarettes and booze.
According to The Washington Post, this was done “in an attempt to undermine Islam’s hold on local residents.”
The province of Xinjiang, which has a high Muslim population, has featured growing violence over the years.
As a result, China has banned government workers and children from attending mosques or observing Ramadan.
Communist Party official Adil Sulayman said “We have a campaign to weaken religion here, and this is part of that campaign.”
A noticed ordered all restaurants and supermarkets to sell five different brands of alcohol and cigarettes. In addition, they must display them prominently.
The notice added, “Anybody who neglects this notice and fails to act will see their shops sealed off, their businesses suspended, and legal action pursued against them.”
Sulayman said that there was no protests to the order and 60 shops complied.
However, in the neighboring Qinghai province, Muslims smashed windows of a supposedly halal store because pork sausages and ham were found were found in a delivery van.