Officials demolish crosses



Monday, July 13, 2020

Officials gather to
demolish church
crosses.
(Photo: ChinaAid)

(Wenzhou, Zhejiang—July 13, 2020) More than 100 security guards removed two church crosses in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, on July 7.

At 5:04 a.m., more than 100 government personnel arrived at Aodi Christian Church and Yinchang Christian Church. Christians in Wenzhou said they came with cranes, broke the church locks, and entered the churches. They also destroyed church property.

Church members at the scene tried to stop the officials, but several security guards beat them, resulting in several injuries. A man in his eighties was shoved to the ground.

When someone tried to call the police, no one answered the phone.

Crosses at both churches were removed. Some Christians prayed and sang hymns outside while the demolition went on.

After the incident, the local government pretended to not knowing what had gone on. Some Christians now fear Zhejiang could see a second large-scale cross demolition movement, similar to the one that occurred in 2014. 

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