Large House Church Destroyed in Zhejiang; Hundreds of Christians Wounded and Arrested
Photo: a destroyed House church in 2003 in Zhejiang
Contact: Bob Fu, China Aid Association, Inc., 267-205-5210, info@ChinaAid.org
MIDLAND, Tx., July 31 /Christian Newswire/ -- CAA learned that on the afternoon of July 29, a large house church building was destroyed and many Christians were arrested and wounded during the confrontation. The house church building is located at Che Lu Wan Village, Dangshan Town, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province. According to eyewitness reports, the destruction of the church building started at 2:30 PM, July 29. Several thousand anti-riot police, military police and government workers along with three hundred military vehicles arrived and surrounded the church building at 1:30 PM while 10,000 House Church Christian were praying in the church. The church has been under construction since July 17, 2006 and was almost complete when it was destroyed.
Eyewitnesses reported that the police used electric shock batons and anti-riot shields to disperse thousands of Christians. Several hundred Christians were observed to be beaten and some were arrested and taken away by police while they attempted to protect their church building. According to a reliable source from the house church there, July 28th, the Xiaoshan District government declared the church building “illegal” because it was built without government permission and asked the Christians to voluntarily destroy it. This church building was on private land purchased by a local Christian couple. Sources from both the government and the church told CAA that the local government has repeatedly denied the Christian believers’ formal request to build a church, though they have met all the requirements. The Hangzhou Daily (the Communist Party mouthpiece in Hangzhou City) headline on July 30th declared “An Illegal Building Destroyed” failing to mention that the building was a church.
In 2003, a large house church located in Nanyang town of the same district was bulldozed and three House Church Christians from Beijing were accused of “providing national secrets to overseas organizations” and sentenced to 1 to 3 years because they reported the church destruction. Mr. LIU Fenggang, who was sentenced to three years, is still imprisoned at Hangzhou Prison.
“The destruction of the church building and use of excessive police force to beat peaceful Christian is totally unacceptable,” said Rev. Bob Fu, the President of China Aid, “The international community should hold the Zhejiang government accountable for their religious persecution record.”
Write and call the Chinese authority to show your concern:
Secretary XI Jinping, Party General Secretary of Zhejinag Province
Address: No. 1, Sheng Fu Lu, Xihu District, Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province(Zip code:310025)
Mayor SUN Zhonghuan, Mayor of Hangzhou city
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong,
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
Fax: 202- 588-0032, 202-745-7473
Director of Religious Affairs: 202-328-2512
Ms. Wu Aiying, minister of Ministry of Justice of PRC
Address:No. 10, Nan Da Jie, Chaoyangmen, Beijing City (Zip Code: 100020)
Issued by CAA on July 31, 2006