When members of the congregation refused, authorities in Shaanxi still destroyed a state-approved Protestant church, under a trumped-up pretext.
Members of The Church of Almighty God continue to be monitored and persecuted after their release from detention, taking away all their freedoms and rights.
Painful for the believers, the destruction also harmed the local economy due to the decreased number of visitors.
The campaign against large open-air religious icons is now targeting the dead: they are not allowed to rest in peace in the company of deities.
As an alternative to demolition, Catholics are told that their churches should be stripped of all religious symbols. Once this has been done, the buildings are declared “cultural centers” where religious activities are prohibited.
Authorities are using crackdowns on illegal buildings as a pretense to launch a campaign to forcibly demolish religious sites.
Government agents attend all services, and church members themselves are bribed to inform for the government, leading to paranoia among believers.
Exclusive new details have emerged about the transfer of Uyghur detainees outside Xinjiang, and the conditions inside the prisons warehousing them for re-education.
With the help of the “four requirements” policy, the CCP is seeking to penetrate churches with communist symbols and ideology to eliminate religion completely.