Unapproved Protestant churches are bracing for more crackdowns, as local officials are planning a new round of suppression in the second half of the year.
Sola Fide believers were arrested and beaten in Hubei, after having been told that even gathering for a dinner is an illegal religious activity.
Pressuring to join the state-approved church, authorities installed surveillance cameras and stationed police officers to intimidate the pastor and believers.
Increasingly persecuted, members of these conservative Protestant churches are fleeing China in growing numbers.
The police tortured nine co-workers from a house church in Hainan Province, most of them suffered internal injuries as a result.
In the past two months, law enforcement and government agencies ransacked a Sola Fide church in Hunan because its leadership refused to join the government-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement.
Municipal governments are following in the steps of authorities in other provinces to discriminate against students who hold religious beliefs.
Authorities have raided multiple Sola Fide congregation sites earlier this year, arresting believers and confiscating churches’ assets.
Arrested for his belief in 1983, a member of a Sola Fide church has been persecuted since as a “believer in xie jiao.”