TSPM pastor arrested after opposing cross demos

Pastor Gu “Joseph” Yuese

Authorities in China’s coastal Zhejiang province charged the chairman of the provincial Chinese Christian Council (CCC) with embezzlement and re-assigned all ministerial leadership under him to different churches following his dismissal from his position of senior pastor China’s largest government-approved church in late January.

Pastor Gu “Joseph” Yuese of Hangzhou’s Chongyi Church was forcibly removed from his position as senior pastor according to a Jan. 18 document released by the local TSPM and CCC because of his public opposition to the hundreds of forced cross demolitions throughout Zhejiang since early 2014.

Gu’s family received an arrest notice on Jan. 28, stating that Gu was placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location,” a situation commonly known by experts as a black jail. Authorities also detained Gu’s wife, Zhou Lianmei, for a day and warned her not to leave the country.

On Jan. 30, China Aid learned that Gu was charged with “embezzling 10 million Yuan (U.S. $1.6 million) in funds.”

“His arrest marks a major escalation in the crackdown against those who oppose the forced demolition of crosses,” China Aid’s Bob Fu said. “He will be the highest-ranking national church leader arrested since the Cultural Revolution.”

China Aid reports cases like Gu’s in order to expose religious freedom abuses in China.

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