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.
After an online Christian bookstore owner was arrested, buyers were traced and investigated all over China as part of CCP’s drive against “illegal publications.”
Prohibited from observing Christmas, the Chinese were urged instead to salute and worship the Great Helmsman, Mao Zedong, on his 126th birthday on December 26.
If direct harassment doesn’t help to “transform” priests, make them succumb to regime’s rule, then clergy’s relatives are bullied and congregations terrorized.
To curb the development of Tibetan Buddhism and “hanify” it, the CCP intensifies suppression efforts by surveilling and indoctrinating religious adherents.
Labeled as a dangerous cult, this Chinese new religious movement has been banned by the CCP for nearly 30 years. In 2019, it suffered more persecutions.
The Chinese government offers financial rewards for tip-offs on believers who are hiding from persecution and uses intimidation tactics against their families.
The death of a veteran on New Year’s eve resurfaced anxieties about the lengths CCP’s officials would go to keep their posts. For them, human lives mean nothing.
On central government orders, local authorities throughout China are cracking down on Buddhist places of worship. As a result, many are razed to the ground.