Doomsday Sect Clashes With Police in China
The news came as several hundred members of the Quanneng Shen sect clashed with police after taking to the streets of Zhengzhou’s Zaocheng township on Wednesday with banners proclaiming the existence of an all-powerful deity who is coming to save mankind.
Around 40 people were detained during the protests, which saw a number of police cars smashed, according to photographs posted on the Jasmine Revolution website.
“The deputy municipal police chief led a task force to disperse the sect members,” said a Zaocheng resident surnamed Zhang. “There was a lot of pushing and shoving in the process.”
“The police detained a lot of people and took them away in police vehicles,” he said. “There was some fighting between the police and the sect followers, and some police were injured.”
Police cars smashed
He said the smashing of the police cars came after some Quanneng members saw their fellow protesters being detained.
“That escalated the situation, and the sect followers attacked the police,” Zhang said.
“They also overturned and smashed up police and government vehicles.”
The Quanneng sect, which believes that the world will end on Dec. 21, was designated an “evil cult” by the authorities recently after they started distributing leaflets warning of the end of the world.