Fearing international inspectors seeking human rights abuses in Xinjiang, authorities adopt strict methods to conceal activities and to intimidate families into silence.
Authorities destroyed another government-approved Protestant church for refusing to raise the national flag and sing the national anthem.
The Religious Affairs Bureau took ownership of the 34-meter-tall statue of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy in June and ordered its demolition a few months later.
China’s efforts to sinicize – or “make Chinese” – all official religions in the country have gained momentum in recent months. Evidence of this acceleration is, literally, blowing in the wind.
Authorities in Hainan Province destroyed a 500-year-old ancestral hill cemetery and then, when villagers standing up for their rights were met with government suppression and seizures by force, officials repackaged the story, saying the “villagers endorsed the relocation of the tombs.”
On Monday evening, members of The Church of Almighty God took part in a peaceful demonstration on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to remind the world that faith is not a crime.
After Christians from a house church in Henan Province showed just how vicious the government is by posting a video of them tearing up a painting of the cross inside their church government officials proved it again, by mobilizing over 400 people to destroy the house of worship in retaliation.
On the morning of November 22, Zion Church—a government-approved Protestant Three-Self church in Luoyang city—was forcibly demolished by the local government. This demolition followed repeated threats against the church and its believers, and repeated physical assaults on the building.
Numerous Buddhist and Taoist temples throughout China have been sealed off or demolished, leaving the elderly monks and believers who lived there with nowhere to go.