Summons notices increase with Zhejiang church demolitions
Even though the massive church demolition campaign continues in Zhejiang Province, China, Chinese Christians stand up and protect church cross and urge local government to stop the campaign. However, more believers were reported summoned by local government.
07/31/2014 China (ChinaAid)– An increase in official summons has occurred along with the continuing persecution of Christian in China’s coastal Zhejiang province over the past week.
China Aid has learned that believers, listed below, from the recently persecuted Salvation Church in Pingyang County, Wenzhou, Chengguan Hall in Wenling, Taizhou, and other area churches have been summoned. Salvation Church was involved in a bloody altercation with authorities in early morning hours of July 21, when believers formed a human wall at the church’s gate to block a demolition team from entering. Days later, on Thursday, authorities in Wenling succeeded in demolishing one of two crosses topping Chengguan Hall on their third attempt to do so.
1. On Friday, Zhang Zhi, of Pingyang County, was taken by Wenling police. Zhang was returned to the Pingyang County Police Station on Saturday.
2. Zhu Jiahao was summoned on Friday and has yet to return, according to other church members.
3. A group of men from Wuxi Church in Longwan District, Wenzhou, received summons notices. Their summons is believed to be related to the recent increase in scrutiny of Christian business owners and their shops.
4. Multiple government departments searched a Christian man’s business in Cangnan County, Wenzhou,, and all items were confiscated.