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In China, officials violently lashed out against churchgoers by demolishing their church, arresting 40 Christians, and beating dozens of church members. This demolition came after the church attempted to negotiate with the authorities the fee that the church owed the government. These types of abuses of Christians in China are very prevalent, and the Western world needs to be aware of the persecution Christians are experiencing in order to promote religious freedom and human rights in China.

06/08/2017 China (China Aid) – A church in China’s central Henan province demands justice following the destruction of their church building and took more than 40 Christians into police custody, ChinaAid recently learned.

300 local police officers and city and inspectors forcibly demolished Shuangmiao Christian Church—which was under construction in Shangqiu, Henan—on the morning of May 5, dragging away around 40 Christians and leaving about 100 without a place of worship. During the demolition, officials beat dozens of church members, pushing them to the ground and twisting their hands. The church was completely razed, and a church member likened the scene to the Japanese invasion of China during World War II.

Of the 40 Christians seized, eight are still in custody, and the cases of Shuangmiao Christian Church pastor Zhang Di and the church’s vice director, Lü Yuexia, were recently transferred to the procuratorate, which will decide whether or not to formalize their arrest.

The Communist Party ordered the church’s demolition after labeling it an “illegal structure” and dispatched personnel to search the belongings of the Christians and construction workers. They confiscated phones and other personal property, damaged closets, smashed offering boxes, and stole laptops, money, and jewelry.

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