XINXIANG, Henan (China Aid) — Henan police beat Christians as they gathered at the entrance of their church to prevent officials from removing their cross.
According to a video clip from the scene, many plainclothes police officers and demolition crewmen congregated outside of a church in Xinxiang, Henan, on the morning of Feb. 24.
Christians located inside the church started singing hymns and praying when they saw this, and around 10 of them came to the gate to block the two large cranes meant to be used to remove the church’s cross. Multiple police officers then entered through a side door and yelled at the Christians.
According to the church staff, most of the people blocking the gate were women and senior citizens. One Christian said, “Police took away congregants … and beat those who resisted. Also, some Christians were dragged away by a few people.”