Hubei authorities have sealed off and demolished Buddhist temples, cutting off believers’ source of livelihood and leaving them homeless.
“I have burned so many crosses. I betrayed God. What should I do?” These were the final words uttered by Wen Weiquan before he committed suicide.
The director of a Taoist temple in Hubei Province was ordered to erect the Chinese national flag in front of his temple. He got sick, collapsed on the base of the flagpole, and died.
In Hubei Province, systematic police harassment disrupted the gatherings of a house church
The suppression directly affects the foundation of one of the “three teachings” of traditional Chinese spirituality and religion, along with Confucianism and Buddhism.
Closed down for “not having a religious activity venue registration certificate,” home-church Christians try to rent spaces, but are still suppressed.
As Chinese officials go on a demolition campaign, many Buddhists driven out of temples have been left destitute and impoverished.