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.
Two courts in Sichuan sentenced a group of Church of Almighty God members to prison – from four and a half to 11 years – and punished them with exorbitant fines.
The CCP is spending exorbitant sums of money and workforce to eliminate all outdoor religious symbols by demolishing or concealing them.
CCP’s frenetic campaign to demolish outdoor Buddhist statues has resulted in yet another bizarre spectacle. Religious sculptures in cemeteries also face destruction.