In February, more than 30 government officials paid a visit to Pastor Li Zheng’s (pseudonym) home in Yunnan’s Fugong county. His home was a house church with nearly 150 members. The officials were there to order him to shut it down, claiming, “Privately setting up a meeting place was a violation of the law.” They also told him to attend the government-controlled Three-Self Protestant church in his neighborhood instead.
Recently, Bitter Winter has received reports and photographic evidence from Fujian Province about an incident that happened in 2016, which proves that not even the communities belonging to the Three-Self Church, i.e. to the official united Protestant church controlled by the government, are free from persecution.