UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — People living in Xinjiang, China will soon be able to ride the region’s first subway.
But they will have to present identity cards when they purchase a ticket.
No other place in China requires name registration in order to buy a ticket for travel within a city.
Passengers without tickets or who use someone else’s identity card to purchase a ticket face fines of up to 200 yuan or just over $30.
The region is home to about 10 million Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim minority group.
The move is the latest effort by the Chinese government to tighten the reins on security and surveillance in Xinjiang, which it views as a source of Islamic extremism and terrorist activities.
The Chinese government also uses an electronic surveillance network, which includes facial recognition to monitor the region.