Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang have removed another cross from the roof of a prominent Protestant church in Wenzhou city, known as “China’s Jerusalem” for its high concentration of Christians.
The cross on the roof of the Xialing church in Wenzhou’s Lucheng district came down on Monday evening, defying a bid by two elderly members of its congregation to prevent it, church members told RFA on Tuesday.
“They arrived at about 7 p.m., maybe five or six people [in the demolition team], but there were a lot of plainclothes police there too,” a church member who asked to remain anonymous said.
Photos of the demolition posted by ChinaAid Christian rights group founder Bob Fu showed personnel in protective hats and uniforms with a large red cross that had been at the highest point of the church building.
“Shame! Wenzhou Xialing church’s cross was demolished last night!,” Fu wrote in a Twitter post.
The demolition gang visited when there were few people about to prevent them, the Xialing church member said.
“Everyone was eating dinner at the time, and there were only a handful of people in the church,” the church member said. “They were done by around 10:15 p.m.”
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