Additional note: The J-Star in its total of two online reports on the McDonald’s slaying failed to mention that the cult was Christian — ‘Six “cult” members held over China McDonald’s death‘ (31 May 2014) and ‘McDonald’s murder in China sparks outrage‘ (1 June 2014)
This is similar to how the Nest-of-Evangelistas paper had previously buried the City Harvest Church Singapore corruption trial scandal in its (non) coverage.
China has begun a crackdown on the Christian cults.
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Reproducing below a report from the online version of East China’s biggest English newspaper Shanghai Daily
By Shen Ke
ONE of the six people detained following the death of a woman in a McDonald’s restaurant in east China last week had a dog that was beaten to death just the day before, neighbors said.
Zhang, 55, his two daughters and a son, as well as two women surnamed Zhang and Lu, one of them his mistress, were apprehended by police for the murder of the woman, surnamed Wu. She was beaten to death in the restaurant in Zhaoyuan, Shandong Province, after she refused to give the group her phone number.
The suspects were trying to recruit new members for their sect, police said.
Zhang’s family moved to Zhaoyuan from their hometown in Hebei Province seven years ago. In their apartment, police found a notepad with the words “kill cruelly,” “kill with maltreatment,” “kill the animals,” and “beat the dog.”
Neighbors said Zhang used to raise a dog, but it was beaten to death the day before the incident at McDonald’s last Wednesday. They also said Zhang owned three luxury cars — a Dodge, a Jeep and a Porsche.
Police also found books and printed materials related to the heretic sect Quannengshen.
The Quannengshen sect, which also calls itself “Oriental Lightning,” was founded in the 1990s by a man named Zhao Weishan, who fled to the US in 2000 and set up headquarters there, using the Internet to control his followers in China. He had been a physics teacher in Heilongjiang Province.
The sect was defined as heretic by the Chinese government in November 1995. Currently, it claims to have millions of followers nationwide, most of whom were between 50 and 60 years old and said to be a “vulnerable group” prone to depression due to frustrations or unfairness.
The sect is said to use all kinds of methods, including coaxing, beating, maltreating and even sexually seducing, to absorb followers. Those who try to quit face severe punishments.
In 2010, a primary school student was found dead with a lightning mark on the sole of his foot. An investigation found that one of his relatives, a Quannengshen follower, had tried to quit the sect and the death of the boy was the sect’s punishment.
In 2011, follower Li Guirong cut the throat of her two-month-old daughter because she was “demoted” due to her pregnancy.
And in 2012, Min Yongjun, who was arrested for stabbing a total of 23 children in Henan Province, was said to have been listening to a Quannengshen follower, a woman in her 60s, who lived in his village.
In an interview with CCTV, Zhang said of the McDonald’s victim: “She is an evil and so we sought to beat her to death.”
Source: Shanghai Daily
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