A cross on top of a church set on fire  (See video at

HRWF (06.11.2017) – The US-based Christian NGO ChinaAid has documented the forced demolition of more than 20 Protestant and Catholic churches, and the removal of more than 1,000 crosses in recent years in Zhejiang province alone.

Hundreds of Christians have also been detained or arrested attempting to resist those demolitions, ChinaAid said.

As the larger of the Christian denominations in China, Freedom House said Protestants had been “particularly affected by cross-removal and church-demolition campaigns, punishment of state-sanctioned leaders, and the arrest of human rights lawyers who take up Christians’ cases.”

Cross burns as officials attempt to remove it

ChinaAid ( – (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.

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