A memorial archway at one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism has been forcibly demolished, and the president of the Mount Jiuhua Buddhist Association has been placed under house arrest.
Regulation on Religious Affairs
A local Religious Affairs Bureau in Hubei Province summoned local Buddhists to a meeting about the newly revised Regulations on Religious Affairs. Not only were they required to pay a participation fee, but also had to purchase national flags and fire extinguishers.
After the temple was sealed off in March this year and all the monks were driven away, one of them kept coming back since he had nowhere else to live. Each time he was discovered by local officials who ordered him to leave.
Authorities in Henan are coercing the owners at commercial establishments such as hotels and supermarkets to remove the signboards or face consequences.
More than 100 believers in Almighty God were recently arrested in various cities across Jilin.
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.