Pastor arrested for opposing cross demolitions

A cross is demolished in Zhejiang
province. Photo: China Aid
China Aid
By Brynne Lawrence

(Wenzhou, Zhejiang—March 18, 2016) On
March 9, authorities in China’s coastal Zhejiang province formally arrested a
pastor who peacefully opposed the forced demolitions of church crosses.

Pastor Zhang
has been held under criminal detention since Feb. 5. His wife
reported that she recently received a notice that her husband had been
officially arrested on charges of “stealing, spying, buying, or illegally
providing state secrets or intelligence to entities outside China.” Christians
suspect this charge may be linked to Zhang’s meeting with a U.S. diplomat in
Shanghai last year.

China Aid will update this story as
more information becomes available.
China Aid exposes religious freedom
abuses, such as those experienced by Zhang Chongzhu, in order to promote
religious freedom and rule of law in China.

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