Taizhou city authorities sought to expropriate the land and forced protesting villagers to give up their property by threatening to implicate their family members.
Chinese authorities often hire criminals or outsiders to help with its dirty work of land grabbing. When things went wrong in one such case in Fujian, they ended up putting innocent people in prison.
The authorities of Putian city in Fujian Province ordered police officers to take over the land that belonged to farmers in the village of Gaodi. Nine farmers were arrested for standing up against the viciousness of the government.
Police officers and government officials raided a gathering place of the Eternal Life Christian Church in Fujian’s Fuzhou and ordered to cease gatherings, in complete disregard to religious regulations and law enforcement procedures.
The Guangdong-based house church ministers have been called in for questioning and threatened for putting their names on the document.
Over 200 Church members were arrested since the beginning of summer in this southeastern province; a hundred more believers were questioned by the police.
Zhejiang Province authorities demolished a temple in Ningbo city in late August, violently beating protesting believers.
The resident of Ningde city in the southeastern province of Fujian questioned the Chinese state’s pursuit of socialism and called for constitutional reforms.
An activist fighting for the rights of villagers in Fujian was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison. Bitter Winter looks back at the events that have led to the arrest of Li Xinlin and six others whose trial has been disguised by the Chinese authorities as the “fight against organized crime.”
In early September, the local authorities closed down the Shepherd’s House Church in the province’s Qingyuan city.