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Authorities in 2 Zhejiang cities order all churches to remove crosses

Sunday, May 17, 2015

China Aid

By Rachel Ritchie

(Hangzhou, Zhejiang–May 17, 2015) China Aid learned that authorities ordered all churches in the Fuyang District of Hangzhou, the provincial capital of coastal Zhejiang, and the city of Lishui to remove the crosses from atop their church buildings yesterday and Friday.

Church leaders in both cities unanimously decided to peacefully resist the ordered demolitions and planned a city-wide prayer vigil for tomorrow.

"This major church-state conflict is caused purely by the Zhejiang Communist Party leadership with the consent and encouragement of the central government," China Aid founder and President Bob Fu said. "Chinese government leaders should be held accountable if this order escalates to a violent clash. The only viable solution is to respect the Chinese citizens' true religious freedom as enshrined in the Chinese constitution and in universal norms to which the Chinese government has openly committed."

China Aid will continue to update this story as information becomes available.


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"Bob Fu has dedicated his life to bringing freedom of religion to the Chinese people. His story is a testimony to the power of faith and an inspiration to people struggling to break free from oppression."
—Mrs. Laura Bush

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