Authorities in China demolished a megachurch building in the Funan, Anhui region of the country with a seating capacity of over 3,000 and detained its pastors, according to a new report by ChinaAid.
According to the report, “no legal papers ordering the church’s demolition were provided, but the officials tore it down on Friday. It could seat more than people and was part of the country’s officially-recognized church network.”
“It was mid-worship service when the destruction took place,” the report continued.
ChinaAid, whose mission is to “expose abuses in order to stand in solidarity with the persecuted and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law,” stated that the church’s pastors, Geng Yimin and Sun Yongyao, were detained on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order.”
“This is yet another clear example showing the escalation of religious persecution today by the Chinese Communist regime,” said ChinaAid President Bob Fu. “The total disregard of religious freedom’s protection as enshrined in the Communist Party’s own Constitution tells the whole world President Xi is determined to continue his war against the peaceful Christian faithful. This campaign will surely fail in the end.”
A video of the church building being demolished can be viewed here.