Shanxi government desecrated the resting place of 20 missionaries, who worked and died in China nearly a century ago, and destroyed a house for visiting believers.
Implementing President Xi Jinping’s orders to advance the ‘sinicization’ of Tibetan Buddhism, local authorities eradicate traditional architecture and symbols.
Banned from displaying religious symbols at home, believers are forced to hang images of Xi Jinping instead to continue receiving state benefits.
The Tushita Palace in the ancient Lingyan Temple was destroyed in November last year, after months of rectifications ordered by the local authorities.
Because of the aid they get from the state, impoverished religious residents are told to renounce their faith, or their benefits will be withdrawn.
Arrests were made in May during unified operations in Shanxi Province’s Linfen city after targets were tracked and monitored using mass surveillance systems.
For some small private establishments struggling to survive coronavirus lockdowns in China, government “aid” came in the form of beating, looting, and intimidation.
The minute coronavirus prevention restrictions were eased, state-run churches in Jiangxi Province felt the resurgence of onslaughts. Many were closed for good.
Religious texts not approved by the state, including the Bible, are confiscated from churches and believers, replaced with socialist propaganda.