Christians have never had an easy time living under Communist China. Beijing fears that Christianity will bring Western influence to their country, so they relentlessly persecute these people in any way they can. Most of them are forced to worship out of sight in informal prayer groups, unless they choose to stay within the confines of a handful of state sanctioned churches. However even these places of worship are reviled by the government.
According to the charity known as China Aid, the government forcibly removed over 2000 crosses from churches all over the coastal province of Zhejiang. The removals occurred in the days leading up to Easter as part of the government’s campaign to regulate “excessive religious sites.” China Aid also revealed that 49 churches have been demolished by the authorities since the beginning of 2016.
Several Chinese citizens were arrested for resisting these actions, including a human rights lawyer who tried to challenge the cross removal campaign in a court of law. He was detained for 6 months before his trial, and was forced to confess that he supported protests against the government on state run television.
Christian activists fear these suppressive tactics will soon spread to the rest of China, and believe that they reflect the government’s fear of Christianity, and their desire to keep the religion from proliferating.
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