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Kazakhstan Chaos: Reports of Riots, Beheadings as Russia Sends Troops

Kazakhstan’s fuel riots escalated dramatically on Wednesday, as dozens of police and protesters were killed in street battles across western Kazakhstan and Almaty, the nation’s largest city. Russian state media claimed one of the 12 law enforcement officers killed was beheaded. In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent paratroopers into Kazakhstan on Thursday to restore order.

Riot police block a street to prevent demonstrators during a protest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Demonstrators denouncing the doubling of prices for liquefied gas have clashed with police in Kazakhstan's largest city and held protests in about a dozen other cities in the country. (AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov)

China Puts On a Show for Media at Muslim Re-Education Camps

China reluctantly began allowing select foreign journalists to visit the massive re-education camps of Xinjiang province last month, staging performances to reinforce the Communist Party line that the hundreds of thousands of Muslims consigned to the camps for reprogramming are actually the happy voluntary residents of “vocational schools.”

Uighur men in Kashgar make bread under a poster of Chinese leaders, including Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping, in 2017. Detainees are reportedly forced to chant patriotic songs about Xi in order to get food in detention camps.Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Chinese Border Patrol Keeps Muslims from Fleeing Xinjiang Province

China’s Global Times on Monday sang the praises of the Xinjiang border guards, a force augmented by what Western media would describe as “militia” or “vigilantes” and tasked with making sure Muslims do not escape from the surveillance-state province where they have been quarantined.

Border control police from China and Kyrgyzstan have concluded a joint anti-terror drill in the border area of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.