Authorities order demolition of Henan church

Friday, May 10, 2019

Christians worship in the rubble of a
demolished church in this undated photo.
(Photo: ChinaAid)

(Tanghe County, Henan—May 10, 2019) Authorities in China’s Henan province delivered an ultimatum to a local church: cease occupying the church’s land or be destroyed.

Previously, the Tanghe County Land and Resources Bureau informed a county court that Zhang Yongcheng, a Christian associated with the church, had used land illegally. The court organized an investigation panel and ruled Zhang had built Chinese Evangelical Church on 1,581 square meters of the aforementioned real estate, which they claimed constituted illegal usage.

On April 25, the county court issued a notice ordering Zhang to demolish Chinese Evangelical Church before the next day. If he failed to fulfill the request, the court said it would forcibly carry out the demolition. It is not known whether or not Zhang adhered to their order.

Zhang was also summoned to appear in court.

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