Officials demolish crosses

Officials gather to
demolish church
crosses.
(Photo: ChinaAid)

(Wenzhou, Zhejiang—July 13, 2020) More than 100 security
guards removed two church crosses in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, on July 7.

At 5:04 a.m., more than 100 government personnel
arrived at Aodi Christian Church and Yinchang Christian Church. Christians in Wenzhou said they
came with cranes, broke the church locks, and entered the churches. They also
destroyed church property.

Church members at the scene tried to stop the
officials, but several security guards beat them, resulting in several
injuries. A man in his eighties was shoved to the ground.

When someone tried to call the police, no one answered
the phone.

Crosses at both churches were removed. Some Christians
prayed and sang hymns outside while the demolition went on.

After the incident, the local government pretended to
not knowing what had gone on. Some Christians now fear Zhejiang could see a
second large-scale cross demolition movement, similar to the one that occurred
in 2014. 

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