Local authorities in Yunnan resorted to trickery to illegally demolish a temple.
The deputy director of the local People’s Congress, accompanied by over 20 officials and workers, visited the temple and declared that the temple is due for demolition because it “affects the city’s appearance.” Five worshippers present at the time protested against the move, but soon the authorities sent them away saying that the temple will be rebuilt at a new site.
As they left, the authorities seized the opportunity and began the demolition work. As per onlookers, the head of the enforcement team smashed the Buddha statue with a hammer and other officers loaded items from the temple onto sanitation trucks. Within two hours, the temple was a pile of ruins.
As per local residents, the temple was a source of warmth and togetherness during every religious festival.
Reported by Bai Lin