(Bitter Winter) — Religious belief is common among China’s rural population, representing the most significant base of believers. In an effort to attack religion at its core, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been mobilizing the masses to monitor and report each other using a variety of means. The latest tool is the revival of Cultural Revolution-era tip-off measures.
An iron box hangs from the wall of the office of the Caizhuang Village Committee in Mangzhongqiao township, part of Yucheng county in Henan province in north-central China. The text on the box reads: “Religious Belief Reporting Box.”
According to one local villager, “The township government has issued such ‘reporting boxes’ to each village. Authorities are waging a crackdown against religious belief, and people in the village are prohibited from believing in God.”
He also revealed that investigations into religious belief in villages intensified following the 2019 Spring Festival (Chinese New Year).