Deacons Detained as Chinese Churches Re-Erect Demolished Crosses

Cross China AidZHEZIANG, China (China Aid) Authorities detained two church deacons in Wenzhou on Sunday and Monday after churches re-erected crosses that had been demolished.

Wenzhou police detained Huang Xiaoyuan, a deacon of Shangzhou Church in the Tengqiao religious district, and Zhang Zhi, a deacon of Xianqiao Church, last week. Police have provided no information about Huang while Zhang was sentenced to five days in administrative detention.

On Sunday, the Shangzhou Church in Wenzhou re-erected their church’s cross, and authorities subsequently cut off the church’s power. Church members then brought their own generator-powered lighting. The church members were later approached by the local Communist Party branch secretary and told to take the cross back down.

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