China removes loudspeakers from hundreds of mosques in Muslim-majority region

A Chinese county has removed loudspeakers from over 300 mosques after getting noise complaints from neighbours about the call to prayer.

Hualong Hui Autonomous County in China’s Qinghai province has removed over one thousand loudspeakers over three days.

The removal of the call to prayer has angered muslims in the area who have branded the locals as intolerant. It comes as anti-muslim sentiment rises in China and the Chinese government cracks down on people practicing the Islamic faith.

According to a report by state mouthpiece Global Times on August 21, the loudspeakers were removed due to noise complaints.

Environmental protection inspectors allegedly received complaints about noise pollution from local mosques.

Residents close to the places of worship have complained that Islamic calls to prayer wake them up early in the morning and they claim in some cases have aggravated heart conditions of some patients.

Locals were said to have put their support for the new move in posts online encouraging other governments to do the same.

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