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Chinese government agents have demolished a Catholic church in Jinan province, bulldozing it to the ground, despite a government permit to operate legally.
Some 40 law enforcement officials and government workers stormed Liangwang Catholic Church on the morning of July 17, according to a report published Saturday.
The article goes on to state the following:
The communist authorities who arrived with no prior warning searched the three women who had been acting as caretakers to the church—Gao Rongli, Zhang Siling and Li Xiangmei—smashing their cell phones and forcibly removing them from the premises.
Another 30 men arrived later in the day with bulldozers, razing the building to the ground, and demolishing the altar and church furnishings. Officials reportedly set fire to what remained of the church after its destruction.
The Liangwang church demolition was justified as part of an urban development plan for a new residential area and railway station, reports stated.
The July 17 incident was the second destruction of a church in China’s Jinan province in recent months and a third church is expected to suffer the same fate soon. Officials demolished the Shilihe Catholic Church earlier this year and Wangcun Catholic Church is reportedly slated to soon be razed.
According to Hong Kong scholar Ying Fuk-tsang, the recent crackdown on Christian communities in China comes as a consequence of more than two years of preparation at provincial, city, and county levels by the Communist Party’s increasingly powerful United Front Work Department.
— Catholic News Agency (@cnalive) August 5, 2018
— International Christian Concern (@persecutionnews) August 5, 2018
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