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.
Authorities in Liaoning Province have put together strategies to curb religious beliefs at a grassroots level.
Anyone who wants to attend a service in a government-controlled Three-Self church in Xinjiang’s Urumqi city must not only present their identification card but also have their identity checked by a facial recognition system.
Authorities forcibly removed the cross from a government-controlled Three-Self church in Henan Province, closed it down, and repurposed it for an electronics factory.
Video footage from over fifty religious sites, where the authorities in Henan forcibly installed surveillance equipment, resulted in the closure of five religious meeting sites.
The provincial government in Henan has called for monitoring of the flow of funds at all government-controlled churches under its jurisdiction.