China Sure To Be Criticized for Denial of Freedom of Religion — But With No Free Press, Most People Don’t Know What Took Place

Reuters

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 13:02 GMT

BEIJING, Sept 27 (Reuters) – China has jailed members of what the government calls a cult for causing deaths, organising the group and illegally collecting money, state media said on Tuesday, part of a crackdown on what Beijing views as dangerous religious movements.

China’s officially atheist Communist Party brooks no challenge to its rule and is obsessed with social stability. It has particularly taken aim at cults, which have multiplied across the country in recent years. Demonstrations have been put down with force and some sect leaders executed.

The official Xinhua news agency on Tuesday said Yao Xiangzhi, a member of Mentuhui, or “Disciples Sect” in the central province of Hubei, caused the death of another cult member by denying him freedom, food and drink for a week while people prayed for his recovery from schizophrenia.

Yao was also found guilty of organising a cult and was jailed for three years.

Mentuhui, which was classified as a cult by the government in the 1990s, was also accused of illegally collecting 40 million yuan ($6 million) between 2011 and 2014 through donations and businesses, Xinhua reported.

That money was then funnelled into the hands of Mentuhui leaders for personal use, said Xinhua, citing a deputy police chief.

It was not immediately possible to reach representatives of the religious group or lawyers for those found guilty for comment. (Reporting by Paul Carsten; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

One Response to “China Sure To Be Criticized for Denial of Freedom of Religion — But With No Free Press, Most People Don’t Know What Took Place”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: