Source: Direct Reports from China
Date: May 30, 2018
A source informed Bitter Winter recently that, in April, a preschool in Luanchuan County, which is part of the prefecture-level city of Luoyang, Henan, sent a WeChat (a popular messaging and social media application in China) message in its chat group about resisting “religious propaganda.” It also issued a notice that stressed on educating students, including young children, not to go to religious sites. Since then, the preschool started classes on “resisting cults” and displays banners about forbidding the spread of religious beliefs in school.
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