Thursday, October 16, 2014

Zhejiang authorities take advantage of Christians leaving for harvest to demolish church's cross

Xianqiao Church
(Photo courtesy of Xianqiao Church members)
China Aid Association

(Wenzhou, Zhejiang—Oct. 15, 2014) Two more churches in China’s coastal Zhejiang province were targeted for cross removal on Friday. Believers had been guarding the cross at one church in Wenzhou for more than three months when authorities took advantage of the Christians’ absence, due to harvest season, to demolish the cross.

“The cross of Xianqiao Church was taken down by force,” a church member said on Friday. “The worshippers who had been guarding the church’s cross were carried out by [authorities]. Nearly 10 brothers and sister from other churches, [who helped guard Xianqiao Church’s cross], were taken into custody.

“Zhou Zhanshuang, the leader of the Criminal Investigation Brigade of the Pingyang County Public Security Bureau, was at the scene commanding the operation,” the believer said.

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