A Bitter Winter reporter went to Shawan county to learn how government suppression affects daily lives: mass arrests, burned books, and destroyed mosques.
Beijing’s war on terror is reining in Christians, adding to fears that its mission is not only to stamp out Islam, but also to strike hard at the Uyghur nation itself.
As Chinese officials go on a demolition campaign, many Buddhists driven out of temples have been left destitute and impoverished.
President Xi Jinping’s dream of a “big family of the Chinese nation” came closer this Spring Festival, with a concerted drive to assimilate Uyghur Muslims as never before.
Chinese government officials like to come up with a vast swath of reasons, pretty much all untrue, as reasons to destroy religious sites.
The requirement to disclose religious affiliation puts people of faith in a serious pickle – betray their beliefs or get into trouble?
“Promoting religious belief or using religious words is not allowed in public places,” is the party line in China’s central province of Henan.
In the provinces of Sichuan and Zhejiang, authorities have demolished two large Buddhist statues under ridiculous pretenses.
In Henan province, authorities find yet another way to undermine religion: play on citizens’ greed to make them allies in repression.
The targets of these restrictions include teachers and health-care workers, in addition to low-level civil servants.