Crackdown operations targeting this banned religious movement are being carried out since May, resulting in arrests of its key leaders.
Temples throughout this southwestern province are increasingly pressured by local authorities to conceal or even destroy their large outdoor icons.
It’s increasingly hard for unregistered Protestant churches to survive, as numerous venues are closed to make believers join the official Three-Self Church.
Most of the detained have been monitored for days, and some elderly people were tortured to make them disclose information about fellow believers.
Buddhism and Taoism in the southwestern province suffered heavy blows last year, as temples were shuttered or demolished, religious symbols and statues destroyed.
Both state-run and house churches are subjected to continuous CCP’s clampdowns.
A 21-year-old member of The Church of Almighty God was kept in captivity despite his serious illness. When he was finally released, it was too late to save him.
Even state-run churches are not spared CCP’s endless harassments. Two directors of Three-Self churches in Henan died after crackdowns on their places of worship.
Large outdoor statues continue to be targeted for destruction as part of the CCP’s nationwide campaign to eliminate all open-air religious symbols.