Chinese Muslim staff have been banned from fasting during the month of Ramadan.
State-administered Bozhou Radio and TV University said on its website that the fasting ban applied to party members, teachers and young people.
“We remind everyone that they are not permitted to observe a Ramadan fast,” it said.
Similarly a weather bureau in western Xinjiang was reported by the AFP news agency to have said on its website that the ban was “in accordance with instructions from higher authorities”.
It is not the first time that China has restricted fasting in Xinjiang.According to source, Several government departments in China’s far western region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim staff from fasting.
The move comes amid tightened security in the region which has been hit by a growing number of violent attacks.Authorities blame separatist Muslim Uighurs, but Uighur leaders deny they are behind the attacks.