ZHANJIANG, Guangdong (China Aid) — Government personnel in Zhanjiang, Guangdong, closed a church in China’s southern Guangdong province on Oct. 24, notifying the landlord that the property should not be used for church activities.
On that evening, the members of Renew Church said they had gathered to study the Bible when local officials broke in, ordering them to stop and prohibiting them from walking around and taking pictures and videos. Director Wang from the Xiashan District Religious Affairs Bureau said his government department had decided to close the church and that it must immediately cancel all events. The church members were also told they had no right to appeal.
Renew Church’s pastor, Ruan Dawei, requested that the officials show their ID and a written version of the bureau’s decision, but the authorities refused.
When some church members took pictures, police confiscated their cell phones. The conflict got physical.