Is there a good reason for persecution? While I am totally against communism and all its nonsense, I am also against its "slip road" programs of christianity and islam. Having one global religion that goes against the natural laws is what the UN is putting together, and once we end up under Noahide Law, we are going to find out the hard way that christianity, judaism, and islam are all no good. Hence, if the reason for the ban is that it is leading to full communism or Noahide Law and they are trying to throttle its implementation, or because it is a scam, it is best to simply abide by it and get rid of those bibles, qurans, torahs, and any littera-trash from such.
On the other hand, if it is a product of communism, it is best to move out if possible regardless of the washtowel doing its working to enhance hardships for people, with the goal of speeding up Noahide Law's final implementation. Not just for the washtowel ban, but because everything else is also going to be banned. In communism, religions that compete with the official one are banned, under torture threat. In addition, ownership of private property is also banned, and all freedom of communication is cut off. You become nothing more than a slave. The washtowel ban is the least of your worries, and will not matter if you are forced to live under strict Noahide Law (which is actually even worse than any xian cults we have today, in its strictest form).