The Jiangxi village won several national awards for having perfectly implemented the total-surveillance grid system—and eradicated “illegal” religion.
Nobody knows whether Tian Ruisheng died or went into seclusion. What is certain, members of his Xiang Gong movement are still persecuted.
The incident reveals a persistent anti-Indian, and a broader anti-religious, prejudice.
China claims to protect the rights of disabled persons. Not if they dare to complain about the government.
In order to qualify as “Beautiful Villages,” they should report that illegal (and preferably also legal) religious activity has been eradicated.
A well-known whistleblower and pro-democracy figure, he was kept for years in a two-square-meter cell and routinely tortured.