After the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were lifted in April, authorities took to destroying temples on various pretexts.
Local authorities across China confiscate from temples and shops materials that are not sanctioned by the state and investigate their distribution channels.
Amid the nationwide crackdowns on religions, only the venues venerating Chairman Mao are protected from closures and demolitions.
Eyewitnesses talk to Bitter Winter, and confirm that data published by scholar Adrian Zenz, unlike CCP propaganda, are believable.
Shanxi government desecrated the resting place of 20 missionaries, who worked and died in China nearly a century ago, and destroyed a house for visiting believers.
The municipal government launched a unified crackdown campaign, resulting in demolitions and takeovers of religious venues across rural areas.
Authorities in Shandong and Hebei provinces remove domes from mosques and vigorously promote the sinicization of Islam, demanding Muslims to obey the Party only.
The CCP demands worship places to get religious activity venue registration certificates but denies almost all requests, creating a “legal” basis for persecution.
Even the venues where familial clans meet to honor their ancestors and celebrate important events have become targets of the CCP’s crackdown on religion.