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Central Propaganda Department: Discontinue reporting on recent public conversion assemblies and other illegal activities orchestrated by the Almighty God cult.
Xinchang Launches Special Investigation of Evil Cult
Source: Xinchang County [Zhejiang Province] Government Portal
Date: December 14, 2012
On December 13, Xinchang convened a meeting on the special investigation of the “Real God” cult. County Party Standing Committee member and Public Security Bureau Director Pan Yimin was present.
Pan asks that all levels of authority unite their thinking, raise awareness, stress key points, and devote utmost attention to looking out for the “Real God” cult. Realistically grasp the organizational characteristics, management targets, re-education, and guidance of [key members of] the evil cult. Complete tasks to standard, organize safeguards to standard, and coordinate government departments, villages, and town (streets) to standard. Practically create a joint workforce. Effectively stymie the momentum of the evil cult’s public conversion activities. Guarantee the political and social harmony and stability of the entire county.
During the meeting, county Politics and
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