RFA: Chinese Muslim Poet Held, Questioned Over Religious Freedom Tweet

Authorities in the eastern province of Shandong have detained and questioned a Hui Muslim poet after he tweeted about growing religious oppression under the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

Poet Cui Haoxin — known by his pen name An Ran — was detained by state security police in the provincial capital Jinan on Tuesday, and questioned about a tweet about the suppression of religious freedom in China.

“Chinese religions and traditional culture were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Then the morality disappeared,” read Cui’s tweet sent on Oct. 27.

“Now Chinese communists begin to strike the religions again,” he wrote.

According to a transcript of the interview posted to Cui’s Twitter account, police wanted to know his aim in writing such a thing on Twitter, which is blocked in China in the absence of circumvention tools to evade government censorship.

“Police ordered me to delete my Twitter account,” Cui tweeted after his release. “I rejected them and said [social media] accounts [are] personal property.”

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