Hi-tech surveillance equipment is put into use for further control over believers in state-run Three-Self churches in Hubei Province and elsewhere in China.
To save Buddhist and Taoist temples from demolition, believers hide or remove religious statues, replace them with images of China’s past and current leaders.
To implement orders from the central government, Liuhe town officials in Hubei Province are cracking down on Buddhist and folk religion places of worship.
Over the past few months, multiple Buddhist and Taoist temples were forcibly dismantled or shut down in Hubei Province.
The Chinese government is determined to destroy all outdoor religious statues in the country, regardless of their location – be it in a temple or a public square.
Hubei capital’s authorities continue repressions against the religious under the pretext of “cleaning up the city” before the start of Military World Games.
Ahead of Military World Games in Hubei Province’s capital Wuhan, the government is “beautifying” the city by destroying people’s homes and businesses.
“President Xi Jinping hates to see crosses,” declare authorities, as they clamp down on places of worship, in preparations to host the sports event in October.
Provincial and municipal governments are intensifying purges against churches and temples to demonstrate the superiors their achievements in suppressing religion.