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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

UCA News
April 19, 2016

■ Woman buried alive by bulldozer moving in to knock down unofficial 'house church'

A church leader's wife died after being buried alive when a company sent in bulldozers to demolish an unofficial "house church" in southern Henan province.

Church leader Li Jiangong was also buried but managed to escape as his wife Ding Cuimei suffocated after they stepped in front of the bulldozer in a last-ditch attempt to protect their church in Zhumadian on April 14, said U.S.-based Christian rights group China Aid.

Police have detained two people from the demolition team while the Public Security Bureau investigates the case.

Government officials reportedly did not oversee the demolition, which was carried out by a developer on land owned by the house church, which are technically illegal under Chinese law as they are not registered and overseen by state religious bodies.

"This case is a serious violation of the rights to life, religious freedom and rule of law," said China Aid President Bob Fu.

"The Chinese authorities should immediately hold those murderers accountable and take concrete measures to protect the religious freedom of this house church's members."

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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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