Wenzhou, Zhejiang — A Three-Self Patriotic Movement church in China’s coastal Zhejiang province is facing demolition after refusing to remove the cross that tops the building.
“When the Party Secretary Xia Baolong visited the local areas, he found the cross on top of the church very conspicuous. So he ordered that it be demolished. Then, the officials from Yongjia county demanded that the church tear down the cross and the top floor of the church,” Zheng Leguo, a young leader at Sanijang Church in Wenzhou, said.
However, believers said that the demolition order met objections from the church. China Aid previously reported that other churches in Zhejiang had crosses forcibly removed from their buildings.