Jiangxi Officials Crack Down on Christianity

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SHANGRAO, Jiangxi (ChinaAid) Since September, authorities in an area of China’s eastern Jiangxi province have carried out a sweeping crackdown on Christianity, destroying the crosses of 25 churches and imposing various measures in order to keep a tight rein on religious activities.

Religious affairs and United Front Work Department officials started collecting information on Christians and churches in Poyang County, Shangrao, Jiangxi, and urged the local government to prioritize the management of religious venues, emphasize patriotic education, promote core socialist values, and guide religious people to love their country.

On Sept. 30, Poyang County in Shangrao, Jiangxi, organized a flag raising ceremony at religious venues, with all personnel from the United Front Work Department and the local ethnic and religious affairs bureau, as well as leaders from the government-run branches of Buddhism, Daoism, Protestantism, Catholicism, etc., were present.

Now, all churches must display China’s national flag, and authorities have installed surveillance cameras and systems within church buildings and posted various propaganda materials on the walls.

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