The CCP continues its campaign to eliminate religious statues in Hubei and Guangxi provinces.
In the past year, not only unregistered house churches but also state-controlled Three-Self churches in Hubei suffered severe clampdowns.
Threatened to be fired, local officials intensify crackdowns on outdoor religious statues and temples, leaving Buddhists with no place to worship.
As the crackdown on Buddhist and Taoist venues sweeps across the province, believers are left with no place to worship, and monks forced to return to secular life.
At the end of last year, Hubei’s capital was getting ready to welcome the central government’s inspection team by implementing more religious suppression measures.
Amid CCP’s drive to prevent “foreign religious infiltration,” clergy members and missionaries from abroad are under strict surveillance, many forced to go home.
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.