Even the most innocent faith-related practices or rituals may cause troubles with authorities in present-day China.
Buddhism in China
Two giant Buddha statues were demolished in September, despite the attempts by local believers to protect them.
Zhejiang Province authorities demolished a temple in Ningbo city in late August, violently beating protesting believers.
Churches across China are forced to sing songs praising the Communist Party or else believers would be prohibited from gathering.
According to documents issued by some municipalities in the province of Shanxi, the clergy are submitted to annual inspections, and their movements are restricted.
While countless Buddhist temples are being destroyed across China, statues of deities are being replaced with those of Mao Zedong in the remaining places of worship.
Several Buddhist temples have been torn down in Hubei Province. These temples had believers living inside, who have nowhere to go now.
In Henan’s Dengfeng city, authorities are implementing a comprehensive demolition program targeting religious sites: parts of 26 temples and ten historical and cultural sites have been destroyed.
A Buddhist temple was ruined in Hunan, and several people were beaten during protests against it.
In Xi Jinping’s China, even Buddhism, a religion that has been traditionally practiced in the country, is not safe.