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Two churches in Zhejiang Province in China have had their electricity turned off by local authorities for refusing to install CCTV cameras inside the church. Officials in Zhejiang have been forcing churches to install cameras that allow them to monitor services. In some instances, church members who resisted the forced installation have been beaten and hospitalized. These two churches are the last two churches in their area that do not have CCTV cameras. A church members said, “We can’t do anything if the government decides to take violent measures.” The government has used the excuse that the churches are overly crowded and a fire hazard to justify cutting off their electrical supply.

5/29/2017 China (China Aid) – In the midst of escalating religious tensions, authorities in China’s coastal Zhejiang province cut off two churches’ electricity supply after they refused to comply with orders to install security cameras.

Fire safety departments in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, issued a notice to Gesancun Church on May 24, claiming the 400-500 member church is overly crowded and poses fire hazards. As a result, the government temporarily cut off its power and water supply temporarily and demanded that the church fix the aforementioned problems or face forced intervention, saying they could not use the building until the issues were resolved.

According to reports, an unnamed church’s power supply was also severed.

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