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More than 200 held in China terror video crackdown: report

Published on May 12, 2014 11:03 AM
Chinese deputy minister of public security Fu Zhenghua (centre) at the Beijing railway station on May 6, 2014, as security was stepped up in all four Beijing railway stations after a series of attacks in the country. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

BEIJING (AFP) - Police in China's Xinjiang region, home to mainly Muslim Uighurs, have arrested more than 200 people over six weeks for "dissemination of violent or terrorist videos", state media said on Monday, amid a wave of train station attacks.

Police in the far western region, which is periodically hit by unrest, detained 232 people who "have circulated videos promoting terrorism through the Internet and on portable devices", the state-run Global Times newspaper said, citing a Legal Daily report.

Xinjiang's regional government announced a ban in late March on downloading, saving or spreading "terror-related" videos online.

The ban includes video and audio materials "advocating violence and terrorism, religious extremism and separation of ethnic groups", according to the Global Times.

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