More than 20 Christians trapped on roof of Zhejiang church now occupied by government

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Christians sit on their church’s rooftop, defending their cross.
The church members have been stranded on the roof for more
than 24 hours.
(Photo courtesy of church members.)
 China Aid
By Rachel Ritchie

(Huzhou, Zhejiang—Aug. 5, 2015) More than 20 Christians in China’s coastal Zhejiang province were stuck on the rooftop of their church when the building became occupied by military police who were there to demolish the church’s cross.

A church member told China Aid that the Christians had been on the roof for more than 24 hours in order to protect the Huzhou church’s cross. He also said that it is very hot and the Christians have no access to food or water.

Police also blocked off roads leading to the church.

The church issued a statement in which they said they would defend their cross at all costs on July 12.

The demolition attempt is a continuation of Zhejiang’s “Three Rectifications and One Demolition” campaign.

A photo taken from the church’s rooftop shows police gathered
outside the church on Aug. 8, 2015.
(Photo courtesy of church members.)
This photo taken by a church member
shows police inside the church.
(Photo courtesy of church members.)

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