Date: September 21, 2017
(Nanyang, Henan—Sept. 20, 2017) A church cross caught fire this morning while officials in China’s central Henan province attempted to remove it.
In the early morning of Sept. 20, Chinese authorities arrived at a church located in Nanyang, Henan, and began to forcibly remove its cross. During the process, the cross was set ablaze.
It is unknown whether the church building was damaged or if anyone sustained injuries.
This cross removal comes in the wake of a years-long cross demolition movement that occurred in Zhejiang province, during which officials attempted to eradicate all church crosses across the region, with special focus on the city of Wenzhou.
ChinaAid exposes abuses, such as those experienced by churches that are the victims of forced cross demolitions, in order to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.