Chinese Pastor Faces 10 Years In Prison for Protesting Removal of Church’s Cross

Cross being removed from Yahui Church in Pingyang County, Wenzhou City, China. ICC video screenshot
Cross being removed from Yahui Church in Pingyang County, Wenzhou City, China.
ICC video screenshot

A Chinese pastor faces up to 10 years in prison for “gathering to assault a state organ”, having condemned state officials attempting to remove his church’s cross.

Huang Yizi, 40, was arrested by police from his home in Wenzhou on August 2, the Telegraph reports.

His arrest is thought to be in connection with arranging a protest against the removal of the cross from Salvation church, Wenzhou. It follows a crackdown on a number of churches in Zhejiang province in eastern China.

There were several threats to remove the church’s cross throughout July, and on 21 July 1,000 church members formed a human shield around the building.

About 50 church members were injured in a clash with police, who beat back the protestors with electric batons. Despite their attempts, the cross was eventually removed by state police on August 14.

Since January, state officials have removed crosses from at least 229 churches. Some churches have been entirely demolished, and the government has issued demolition notices to more than 100 churches.

Pastor Huang had criticised the demolitions on a blog, saying they were an example of “severe persecution” and an “insult” to China’s Christians.

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SOURCE: Christian Today
Lucinda Borkett-Jones

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