Numerous religious symbols have been taken down in localities throughout China ahead of the central government’s religious work inspections.
Crackdowns continue nationwide against believers of this Christian movement that has been suffering severe persecution ever since it was banned in 1988.
The infamous social credit system invades places of worship, as state-run churches and temples are evaluated with points, some closed down for being “substandard.”
The religious in China are subjected to even fiercer crackdowns, as the regime increases “stability control” to offset the effects of the pro-democracy movement.
Places of worship across China have Islamic and Christian symbols removed on orders from local officials. Businesses with religious signboards are also “rectified.”
As the deadline “to lift all impoverished households out of poverty by 2020” is approaching, the CCP is hailing its “great achievements.” People see it differently.
The government of this Shaanxi Province city has adopted drastic measures to implement orders from Beijing to eradicate Buddhist, Taoist, and folk religion temples.
Protestant house churches, regarded as a threat to the regime due to large numbers of believers, face total extinction, people threatened to give up their faith.
Bitter Winter visited two residential communities in Shihezi city that bear traces of the CCP’s brutal suppression of ethnic Huis.