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China has begun a crackdown on Almighty God, a group the government says is a cult that has called for a “decisive battle” to slay the “Big Red” dragon—the Communist Party—and establish the kingdom of Almighty God. Sect followers reportedly distributed leaflets saying the world would end in 2012. China, obsessed with stability, has focused on groups it considers cults, which have multiplied in recent years; demonstrators have been put down with force and some leaders executed. (NBCNews.com, 12/14/12) [IT 4.1 2013]

Deya, who gained early note in Kenya as an exorcist-ritual healer, has defied Kenyan authorities, warning President Kibaki and Attorney General Wako that their “children and grandchildren will die in the streets, the way you have left these holy children of Almighty God to suffer and be humiliated throughout the streets of Kenya.” [csr 3.3 2004]