Believers not only face the risk of arrest for gathering in unlicensed places of worship – even joining a religion-affiliated group online may lead to persecution.
Captured during an operation against China’s largest Christian new religious movement on September 9-10, 98 believers remain in detention and are indoctrinated.
People making offerings and sacrifices or praying for blessings are punished as part of the authorities’ drive to “eliminate feudal superstition.”
The CCP’s nationwide campaign to eradicate statues of Buddhist deities is uncontrollably spreading across China, even sacred places are not spared.
Buddhist and Taoist places of worship are continuously taken over by the government. Believers are dispersed, religion replaced with “red” cultural activities.
To make sure that their devious acts are not made public, authorities are chasing for whistleblowers who expose them. The arrested could face severe punishment.
CCP has cast a wide net of snoops across the country to monitor all believers, regardless of their denomination. No one knows who could be watching them.
Two temples in Shanxi were subjected to crackdowns: authorities have taken full control over one of them, while the other has been turned into ruins, lama arrested.
A place of worship in Taiyuan city was forcibly shut down for “disturbing public order,” its congregation members taken away for interrogation.