More than 100 believers in Almighty God were recently arrested in various cities across Jilin.
Regulation on Religious Affairs
Officials are implementing a variety of new anti-religious activities, including the repurposing of religious venues, mobilizing relatives to “transform” believers, as well as extensive anti-religious propaganda campaigns.
Authorities in Jiangxi Province mobilized over 200 people to destroy an ancestral shrine, wounding a dozen of protesting villagers in the process.
Authorities in Henan Province are entirely banning names with any religious words, forcing businesses to change them.
Authorities in Zhejiang shut down a Christian website in 2016 and harassed nine believers who used to run the site.
Hundreds of Chinese pastors have signed a declaration stating that the new Regulation of Religious Affairs amounts to persecution of Christianity, and wowing to resist.
A new regulation confines mention of religion on any Internet platform to a few government-controlled organizations that will receive a special license for very limited Web activity.
Some hoped that with the new religious law, which was finally signed on August 26, 2017 and came into force on February 1, 2018, there would have been less control on religion. In fact, things went from bad to worse.
The group included 28 underage students and were meeting in a remote area when the police detained them.
The authorities refused to issue tourist visas to citizens wanting to visit South Korea.