Crackdown on religion as Chinese police shut down 3 mosques

Crackdown on religion as Chinese police shut down 3 mosques

- Chinese police have shut down three mosques in the country over alleged illegal religious education

- The crackdown was carried out by over 100 police officers following government's directives

- Report said the atheist ruling Communist Party in China has seen religion as a threat, thus engaging in operation to paralyse its activities

Chinese police said it has shut down three mosques due to what it tagged ''illegal religious education'' amid governmental crackdown on religious activities in the Asian country.

Daily Mail (UK) reports that the Saturday, December 29, 2018, crackdown was carried out by over 100 police officers operating under the directives of government. gathers from the reports that the mosques were located in Weishan county in southwest China's Yunnan province.

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In a video released by Documenting Oppression Against Muslims (DOAM), Hui Muslim worshippers were seen struggling with uniformed police officers resisting the alleged shutdown.

Justifying the reason behind the development, a official statement on Chinese microblogging site, Weibo, claimed that the coordinated shutdown by the Weishan County Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee (WCERAC) was aimed at protecting harmony and stability in the religious domain.

The report also read: "The mosques were illegally established and conducted illegal religious education in violation of China's regulation on religious affairs."

Reports also claimed that recently, the atheist dominated ruling Communist Party in China, having seen religion as a threat, earlier removed Islamic crescents and domes from mosques and churches.

Daily Mail report also claimed that in the far west region of Xinjiang, following sporadic violent attacks by radical Muslim separatists, hundreds of thousands of members of the Uighur and Kazakh Muslim minorities have been arbitrarily detained in indoctrination camps where they are forced to denounce Islam and profess loyalty to the party.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a Chinese pastor and his wife faced up to 15 years in prison after being charged with inciting sermons to subvert state power, giving weight to the allegations that the Chinese authorities were intensifying a crackdown on religious groups.

The 45-year-old pastor, identified as Wang Yi, ran the independent Early Rain Covenant Church in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

He was detained along with more than 100 members of his congregation.

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