Zhejiang persecution continues: One cross removed; another threatened

Christians at a house church in Jinhua, Zhejiang, hold banners
reading: “Support Central Government policy; protect faith
that is legal” and “Respect the Constitution; Defend 
Religious Freedom. Obey the country’s laws; stand against
unreasonable forced demolition. Forced demolition doesn’t
have the people’s support. National law should not be trampled.
(Photo: China Aid)

China Aid
By Rachel Ritchie

(Hangzhou, Zhejiang—June 23, 2015) Crosses in China’s coastal Zhejiang were removed and threatened by the government last week in a continuation of the province-wide “Three Rectifications and One Demolition” persecution campaign, which has affected more than 425 churches.

China Aid learned that police in Hangzhou, the provincial capital, removed a church’s cross on Thursday even though the church possesses the necessary legal documents. Church members said the demolition lasted more than six hours.

Another church, in Jinhua, Zhejiang, faced demolition on Thursday; however, police did not remove the recently-built cross. Church members said the church hasn’t received a notice for the impending demolition, only verbal notice, stating that the cross will be removed this week.

Church members also said that church leaders have documentation proving that the church building was approved by government officials.

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