Authorities in the southern province of Guangdong have fined a hotel in the border city of Shenzhen for breaking a ban on ethnic minority Uyghur guests.
Chinese police have reportedly ordered hotels across the country to ban bookings of visitors from the north-western region of Xinjiang, who are predominantly Muslim.
An employee at the hotel in Shenzhen’s Lo Wu district, confirmed the fine to Radio Free Asia “According to rules set by the local police station, we had to pay a fine for accepting a guest from Xinjiang,”
“Security has been much tighter now that it’s the 19th party congress, and there is a ban on people from Xinjiang,” she said, adding that the hotel had been fined 15,000 yuan (U.S. $2,260) for breaking the rule.
“I know that you can’t generalize about an entire group of people, and that any group has bad people in it, but we are being told [by police] that we can’t have guests from Xinjiang.”