Date: April 25, 2017
Apr 25, 2017 04:19 pm | Brynne Lawrence
(Wenzhou, Zhejiang—April 25, 2017) A Christian man and woman suffered spinal fractures and various other injuries after they were thrown from a several-foot high wall for defending their church in China’s coastal Zhejiang province on Friday.
As part of an official campaign to install surveillance equipment in local churches, which would allow authorities to more closely monitor religious activities, about 100 officials from various government departments in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, arrived at Banling Church at 8 a.m. on April 21 to forcibly set up cameras. They were met by an equally large force of Christians, who attempted to protect the church, and, according to a local church member, the conflict quickly progressed into a physical fight.
At one point, while officials rough-housed the Christians, a man was thrown from a wall several feet high, sustaining injuries to his neck, spine, and other bones and falling into a coma. The hospital he was taken to refused to admit him, forcing his family members to take him home. That night, the pain grew excruciating, and he was taken to a hospital in Wenzhou, where he received treatment.
Additionally, several others were hospitalized during the conflict, and one woman, Zhang Lingmei, disappeared into police custody.
Authorities carried out this forced installation after Banling Church members removed previous camera equipment established in the church.
In a similar incident on March 30, the members of Zhuxia Church and Xia’anshan Church successfully prevented authorities from installing the surveillance equipment.
Furthermore, prompted by an official document, Zhejiang authorities have destroyed several churches from March 27-30.
ChinaAid exposes abuses such as those suffered by church members in Zhejiang in order to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.
Video: Banling Church members face-off against authorities to protect their church
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