The village of Taoshan in the Ningxia region of China was the scene of violent clashes this week as police demolished a mosque that dated back to the 19th century Qing Dynasty. While the Chinese Communist Party has clashed often in the past with ethnic Uighur Muslims in the northwest parts of China, this particular clash came as a surprise to many observers because the Muslims in Ningxia, known as Hui, are considered more assimilated. Reports indicate that between two and five people died, including an 80-year-old woman.
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