Authorities in some cities of Hebei Province implemented special campaigns earlier this year to crack down on churches that are not part of the government-controlled Catholic organization, closing down places of worship and arresting members of the clergy.
From sending spies as students to US universities to appointing informants to monitor religious beliefs of local households, the Chinese Communist Party has left no stone unturned in its quest for total control over everything.
In early September, the local authorities closed down the Shepherd’s House Church in the province’s Qingyuan city.
In Fujian, several priests are being forced to cease their underground Sunday classes. One of them has been controlled and monitored by the government since 2001.
In several cities across China, the officials are intensifying their campaign against religion by carrying out propaganda work at schools
As per new legislation, over 150 congregation sites in this Hebei Province’s city are waiting to be approved by the government and have ceased their activities.
Believers in Shandong have suffered years of suppression of their religious belief. After having moved their congregation site multiple times, they face a permanent closure in the near future.
A preacher from a government-controlled Protestant Three-Self church in Henan had his qualifications revoked because some minors were noticed during the service he conducted.
Authorities forced them to give up their religious belief by threatening to cut off their subsistence allowance and pension subsidies.
Authorities have issued a notice as per which, any display of religious belief, such as wearing a burqa or having a long beard, is akin to a crime, and “criminals” must surrender themselves.