Friday, August 1, 2014

Zhejiang demolitions: Authorities demolish cross using special crane to bypass human shield

This image shows the cross being
lifted of Huaien Hall's church
building on July 28, 2014. (Photo
from believers)
China Aid Association

(Wenzhou, Zhejiang—Aug. 1, 2014) Authorities in Wenzhou, in China’s coastal Zhejiang, demolished the cross topping a house church by using special equipment to bypass the large crowd of believers blocking the church’s gate early Monday morning.

“At 3 a.m., [authorities] started traffic control,” said a member of the Huaien Hall church, located in Cangnan County, Wenzhou. “At 4 a.m., their digging equipment and cranes all came in.”

“At 6:30 a.m. this morning, the cross was demolished by them through force,” a local missionary said on Monday. “A lot of buses came. I would say about 15-16 [buses]. Altogether, there were 200-300 people… They had ambulances and fire engines.”

“The crane they brought in was very tall. They didn’t enter the church,” the missionary said. “I would say [the crane was] about 100 meters tall. In comparison, our church in only 70 meters tall. They lifted the cross with the crane from outside the church, and we [had] shut the iron gate from inside the church because we thought they would enter the church through the gate.”

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