Minitrue: Activists, Almighty God Church “Collude”
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.
On June 2, an “open letter” allegedly written by Wang Youcai, a student leader during the 1989 protests, was posted to Huanzhongnet [Chinese]. The post claims that exiled fellow student leader Wang Dan called Wang Youcai to ask him to connect with Zhao Weishan, founder of the Church of the Almighty God, and through Zhao to use the church followers to resist the Chinese Communist Party. The doomsday group, which believes that God returned to earth as a Chinese woman, brutally attacked and killed a woman in a Shandong Province McDonald’s restaurant last week.
The state run Global Times picked up the post from the overseas website Duowei (which is blocked in China) and ran a lengthy piece [Chinese] today on the “collusion” of the pro-democracy movement and the Church of the Almighty God. Wang Dan denies any connection with the church [Chinese], stating in a press conference today that “I haven’t communicated with Wang Youcai for many years, and had no idea about the existence of the ‘Almighty God.’”
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This post was edited to correct the phrase “members of the ‘Democracy Movement’ in the directive.