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ICC translated this article from Chinese to English. The article reported that the massive church/cross demolition campaign in Zhejiang Province, China, has expanded from Wenzhou City to Hangzhou City, the capital of the province. The local government demolished a house church building and forcibly removed the church cross of Gulou Church, a 1,000-seat church founded by American Presbyterian missionaries in 1885. The church was also one of the earliest churches that opened  for Christian services after the Cultural Revolution under Mao. Local Christians sadly expressed concerns that more church facilities may be removed in Hangzhou City under the anti-church campaign in near future. ICC is calling all concerned individuals to sign the petition to help Chinese Christians when facing the injustice.

08/13/2014 China (ChinaAid)– 杭州两日内发生两起强拆基督教堂及十字架事件。继富阳市东洲街道一基督教家庭教会聚会处,本周一被强拆后,周二深夜(8月12日),杭州市可供一千多人聚会的鼓楼教堂十字架也遭强行拆除。事发时,约两百名信徒在场唱诗、下跪、祈祷,希望当局在最后一刻放弃强拆。信徒认为这意味着城区内,将陆续有教堂十字架被拆,一位基督徒心痛地说,虽然强拆了教堂的十字架,但心中的十字架永远与基督徒同在。

杭州市中心区域中河高架桥一侧的鼓楼教堂十字架,本周二夜间至周三凌晨被当地政府强拆。晚上九点多现场传出消息,有大批特警赶到鼓楼堂待命,准备拆十字架,其后消防车、工程车进入现场。在教堂内,台前牧师跪着带领信徒祷告。现场一位基督徒周三告诉记者,围观的信徒有一、两百人:“围观的信徒有一两百人。我十点钟赶到鼓楼堂,去到之后他们已经戒严了。我们教会一部分人已先入鼓楼堂祷告了,那时候没有戒严,戒严后,他们只准人出,不准进。我亲眼目睹(信徒与特警)有一些言语冲突,姊妹们说,教堂是我们自己的地方,为什么不让我们进去,后来很伤心,也有姊妹跪下,为拆十字架祷告”。

鼓楼堂是城区第一个被拆十字架的教堂,这位信徒表示,拆除十字架由当晚十点到周三凌晨,当局担心被人拍下拆卸过程,工人先是在黑暗中操作,因光线不足,不得不调来照明设备,继续拆卸。他说:“十点钟左右起一直在拆,先把十字架底部的混凝土敲掉,剩下四根钢筋,又开始切割,到凌时四十分,钢筋被切断,十字架被掉起”。

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