Jehovah’s Witnesses Hunted Down And Deported
China’s religious persecution extends to all religions without discrimination.
Not only are Jehovah’s Witnesses facing a severe crackdown in China, but the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is also supporting other countries’ similar crackdowns. As Bitter Winter reported earlier this month, a Russian court sentenced Danish citizen Dennis Christensen, a Jehovah’s Witness, to six years in prison for extremism. While international organizations and democratic countries condemned Russia’s crackdown, the CCP-connected anti-xie jiao website, published an article in support of Russia.
The exact number of Jehovah’s Witnesses in China is difficult to ascertain; they’re not included in the list of the xie jiao, but their activities are regarded as illegal. Missionaries from abroad are considered “hostile forces” and often deported, as part of China’s campaigns to crack down on foreign religious infiltration.
On December 26, 2018, two police officers from a city in eastern China’s Shandong Province stormed into the home of two Spanish Jehovah’s Witnesses missionaries, asking them about work they did and why they were staying there while earning so little. The officers then ordered them to leave China within two weeks on the grounds that “foreigners are not allowed to do missionary work.”
“They [the missionaries] felt that their deportation was very sudden. They just contacted some people to talk about faith; there is no record that they violated any regulations or broke the law,” said one believer.
“They felt very reluctant when leaving China,” another believer added.
As for the foreign missionaries who have not yet been arrested or deported, they’re still facing a difficult time. Worried about being followed by the police, one South Korean missionary told Bitter Winter that she is extremely careful every time she goes out. Another South Korean missionary has suffered multiple recurrences of gastric illness as a result of being under too much pressure and is planning to return to South Korea in the near future.
To prevent being discovered by the police when they hold gatherings, Jehovah’s Witnesses have not only installed a thickened security door at the meeting venues but have also used a foam board, measuring two meters high and ten centimeters thick, to keep sounds from carrying.
Still, believers don’t dare to sing loudly.
They also specially arrange for believers to keep watch at the meeting venue’s entrance – if any danger is detected, they’ll immediately notify others to end the gathering. The believers also use hand gestures to signal each other to turn off the lights.
In May 2018, a Jehovah’s Witnesses meeting venue in Shandong’s Linyi city was raided by the police. Without presenting any credentials, eight preachers were summoned to the local police station. The visas of four Japanese missionaries were annulled, and the police ordered them to leave China within ten days, prohibiting them from returning to China to do missionary work.
Around the same time, the United Front Work Department of Xinxiang city’s Party committee in central China’s Henan Province, the municipal State Security Bureau, and other related departments formed eight working groups to investigate the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
On May 5, they carried out a concentrated operation in which seven meeting venues were raided and shut down. One Japanese missionary was detained for 15 days, fined 20,000 RMB (about $2,857), and ordered to leave the country.
In mid-October 2018, a Jehovah’s Witnesses meeting venue in Harbin city of northeastern China’s Heilongjiang Province was also raided by the police. Officers from the local police station and officials from the local Religious Affairs Bureau stormed into the meeting venue and demanded that all the believers show their ID cards. Three South Korean missionaries were taken to the local police station for questioning and were deported later that month.
In November, a government official in Harbin city’s Shuangcheng district encouraged villagers to report foreign missionaries to the authorities as soon as they discover them.
Reported by Li Mingxuan
In other words, Christianity in general is a no-no in China. It's not just JW's who are being "persecuted."
and the Governing Body will do....... what...?
What support will the GB do for Dennis Christensen who (per Bangalore above) has been sentenced to six years....
HM legal help did he receive; trolls ask your elders.
The last lot of WT elite that went to prison was during the Great War so none of the current lot have any idea at all what it is like when they convince others to so endanger themselves.
Meanwhile, at the cushy lakeside WT HQ........Stephen Lett and Mark Sanderson dine in style in the gazebo by the remote-controlled lake.....their every need and desire catered to. They have the best food, nicest rooms, health insurance, free cars, Rolex watches, and the finest suits. Jesus didn't have a pillow to lay his head upon, but the Guardians Of Doctrine? Only the best! Why, even the exterior sewer drains have a custom "WatchTower" logo on them. I wonder, could the pauper missionaries in these shithole countries even fathom such opulence?
Thanks, Bangalore, for the post; it's informative. Just a few years back the GB sent missionaries into China quite secretly. They must have changed their policy without broadcasting it. I have to wonder whether they watched other Protestant denominations doing so and figured they would too.
JW's are increasing being seen as "extreme". At least one primary reason is their shunning policy that breaks up the family unit. Nearly all human societies have determined that the family unit is the key component of civilization. Society needs the "family network" in place to assist those in the family that become ill or handicapped who would be a burden on all of society if they were not "propped up" by their own family.
Rather than face the facts that they promote inhumane treatment of family members who exercise their "God given" freedom of religion if they reject the religion, JW's will continue to claim they are being persecuted because SATAN is attacking them for their religious doctrine.
They should be made to make Iphone 10s for a year for free.
"...JWs are increasingly being seen as 'extremist'..."
Gosh, there's a shock.
JW ideology is pretty extremist when you filter out all the theological garnishing and distill it down to it's purest aspects.
Anyone who argues otherwise is kinda naive, IMO.
The Guardians of Doctrine sit there in their ivory towers with their Rolex watches, pinky rings and busting waste lines.
While the ones who they 'preach' some have barely enough to eat, poverty stricken and donate to the WT and continue to be fleeced for money, and begged for it. While the GB cower in their ivory tower leading lucrative lives, and busting waste lines.
Do we see a trend here? Only willful blind people or sickly naïve can't.