Zhejiang pastor administratively detained for requesting prayers for cross demolitions

Friday, August 28, 2015

Yan Xiaoje
(Photo: China Aid)
China Aid
By Ava Collins
(Wenzhou, Zhejiang—Aug. 28, 2015) Authorities in China’s coastal Zhejiang province sentenced a pastor to eight days in administrative custody for “disturbing public order” after he forwarded prayer requests regarding cross demolitions via the Chinese messaging service WeChat.

Pastor Yan Xiaojie of the China Christian Evangelic Mission was detained on Aug. 26 by the Longwan District Public Security Bureau for forwarding “seven messages on Aug. 25 requesting intercession on behalf of the cross” to a “small group of religious co-workers.” Police claimed that the content of the messages was fictional and an attack on the government.

Yan is currently being held in the Wenzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau detention center, and is scheduled to be released on Sept. 4.

China Aid has closely followed the ongoing campaign of cross removals in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, which has drawn increasingly active protests from the city’s large Christian population. As government officials continue demolitions, many local Christians have been threatened and detained for resisting.

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