PART III: Interview: ‘We tell them that they would be banned from seeing their family again.’October 29, 2018
An officer at a police station in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service about the conditions at a camp where he worked as a guard for 10 months.
RFA: So if they are pretending to sleep but are actually doing something else, what are they actually trying to do?
Officer: [Sometimes they discreetly attempt to perform] Wudu, the act of washing, as if cleaning themselves in preparation for prayer. Once we receive a report of such behavior, we review the camera footage, then the cadres would go and interview the person suspected of having done this. If [we determine that’s what they were doing], they are then handed over to the State Security Police.
RFA: How many people do you know of who performed the action of getting ready for prayer, even under such tight surveillance?
Officer: Two people [were caught doing this] in cases I was personally involved with.