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What’s fueling China’s aggressive crackdown on activism and media?

Ilshat Hassan is a person not easily frightened.

Chinese security forces have detained Hassan, an ethnic Uyghur from China’s troubled Xinjiang province, on multiple occasions. He’s been beaten in police custody and shocked with an electric cattle prod.

In a particularly harrowing incident, he’s even had an assault rifle pointed at him by an agitated paramilitary officer.

It was 1998, and Hassan was on a long-distance bus trip to visit his parents’ home in Xinjiang. In the middle of the night, during a particularly isolated stretch of the journey, the bus was stopped and boarded by armed security officials.