Xinjiang Authorities Shutter Popular Restaurant Seen to Promote Uyghur Cultural Identity

Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have shuttered all branches of the popular Miraj Restaurant in the regional capital Urumqi, according to a relative of the owners, who said the eatery was forced to close because it promoted Uyghur cultural identity.

Abdureshit Hoshur Haji, the owner of the Miraj, his brother Ablimit Hoshur Halis Haji, a prominent philanthropist, and two of Hoshur Haji’s business partners were detained in May this year for their purported ties to a Uyghur education fund and sent to a facility in the Ili Kazakh (in Chinese, Yili Hasaake) Autonomous Prefecture’s Ghulja (Yining) city, near China’s border with Kazakhstan.

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