In a further attempt to combat terrorism, authorities in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi, announced on Tuesday that they will be offering financial rewards to people who are able to provide information on events or individuals connected with terrorism or religious extremism, reports China Daily.
The level of reward is determined by the value of information offered and could be as much as 50,000 yuan, according the city’s police bureau.
Police have stated that they will be offering rewards for individuals who reveal details of illegal production and sale of clothing and face-covering gowns representing ‘religious extremism’. In addition, the police are welcoming information on eight types of illegal activities relating to terrorism.
The plan, which was implemented on September 1, will enable informants to notify the authorities either online, by calling the police hotline (110) or by going directly to the police station. People with information are also able to send WeChat messages to the police.
There will be rewards available for those who directly prevent terrorist attacks or terror activities. Physically subduing a terrorist can earn one in the region of 200,000 yuan to 1 million yuan.
Following numerous terrorist attacks in the past year, tensions in China’s north-western province have been at an understandable high. May 22 saw the most lethal terrorist attack in China since 2009, when 39 people were killed and 94 injured in an attack at a market in Urumqi.
Urumqi is following in the steps of some other regions in China that have already implemented a system to reward tip-givers, in prevention of terrorist attacks. In July, police in Guangdong province announced that they would be offering rewards of up to half a million yuan for those reporting information.
Authorities in Xinjiang appear to be approaching terrorism a little more seriously following officials suggesting, in June, that locals should use the ‘angry stare’ to fight terror.
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By Robert Ridley