As part of the ongoing campaign to eradicate religions, the regime disposes of religious symbols, pressures believers to give up God, and follow the Communist Party.
“As evil as a mafia,” devastated Buddhists and Taoists say about China’s government after numerous temples in the province were suppressed at the end of 2019.
The CCP continues to close down and demolish Buddhist places of worship across China. Even the ones approved by the government are not spared.
To curb the spreading virus, mass gatherings were banned in China. But the restriction didn’t seem to apply to events organized to worship Chairman Mao.
Unregistered Protestant churches were continuously pressured in 2019 to join the state-run Three-Self Church. Crackdowns don’t seem to ease down this year.
To push all believers under its control, the Chinese government is closing down all churches that refuse to join the Patriotic Catholic Church.
During 2019, many Catholic churches were closed down for refusing to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Even state-run churches are suppressed.
The Ministry of Education of China has uniformed and “sinicized” the curriculum, and is training teachers to use the new materials to criticize the West and promote atheism.
For residents of Hubei Province’s capital, 2019 was hard: the coronavirus virus outbreak was preceded by severe security measures ahead of the international event.