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The ongoing cross demolition campaign in Zhejiang Province, China, resulted in bloodshed in late July when over 600 security forces attempted to remove the cross of JiuEn (Salvation) Church in Wenzhou City and launched a pre-dawn raid. The article reports that fourteen lawyers hired by injured Christians are now attempting to sue authorities according to China’s law over “the violent invasion” of JiuEn (Salvation) Church. The lawyers demanded that those responsible for injuring those Christians be brought to justice.

08/21/2014 China (Telegraph)– An ongoing demolition campaign targeting churches in eastern China represents a “crime” against Christianity and threatens to foment social unrest, a group of Chinese lawyers has warned.

Hundreds of churches in Zhejiang province have suffered partial or complete demolition this year as part of what activists describe as a major crackdown designed to slow the growth of Chinese congregations.

The anti-church campaign resulted in bloodshed in late July when hundreds of security forces launched a pre-dawn raid on Salvation Church in Wenzhou, a city sometimes referred to as China’s Jerusalem, in an attempt to remove its cross.

One Christian suffered a fractured skull as uniformed men, some carrying cattle prods, tried to evict congregants who had gathered to protect their place of worship. The cross was eventually removed on August 14.

Fourteen lawyers are now attempting to sue authorities over the violent invasion of Salvation Church. In an open letter to local security chiefs, they demanded that those responsible for the “atrocity” be brought to justice.

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