Protests were violentlysuppressed after the government of Wenzhou city’s Longgang town illegally soldvillagers’ farmland to a natural gas company. During the resulting protests, oneperson was beaten to death, more than 20 people were seriously injured, andnine were arrested and detained.
A 47-year-old member of The Church of AlmightyGod from Shaanxi committed suicide after prolonged persecution andintimidations by authorities.
The police tortured nine co-workers from a house church in Hainan Province, most of them suffered internal injuries as a result.
Any display of disagreement with the Communist Party in China is quashed, even when it concerns the health and wellbeing of an entire town. Nearly 2,000 police officers were sent in to deal with protesting residents in Bahe earlier this month.
In a village of Fujian, authorities illegally demolished homes of residents to make way for the construction of a new villa. A family that lost two properties attempted to fight for their rights, but was persecuted and had to go into hiding to escape arrest.
Police officers in Henan responded to the villager’s protests against the illegal repurposing of their land without proper compensation by assaulting and arresting them. The victims included a disabled woman.
Last year, Fujian authorities forcibly shut down and demolished some factories on the pretext of “combating pollution.” The owners were denied compensation and illegally detained while fighting for their rights.
Taizhou city authorities sought to expropriate the land and forced protesting villagers to give up their property by threatening to implicate their family members.
A member of The Church of Almighty God from Hubei Province was arrested in September and died almost a month later. The family of the deceased suspect foul play on behalf of authorities, which may have caused her death.
Authorities in Henan not only illegally clamped down on a church but also harassed and threatened young children.