Chinese Islamic group justifies Olympic threat

Aug. 07, 2008, 1:47 p.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) A U.S. group that monitors militant organizations says a Chinese Islamic faction has released a new video claiming the communist regime's alleged mistreatment of Muslims justifies holy war.

On the video dated Aug. 6, a representative of the Turkistan Islamic Party accuses China of forcing Muslims into atheism and destroying Islamic schools, according to the SITE Institute.

The TIP representative says China's birth control program has forced abortions upon Muslim women. He also reiterated threats against the Olympics made in a previous video last month and urged Muslims to stay away from the games.

The video was in the language of the Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority in western China with a long history of tense relations with the government.