Chinese authorities forcibly remove crosses from Three-Self Churches in Wenzhou
On the 16th of January, the cross of a state-sanctioned Three-Self church in China’s Zhejiang province was forcibly removed.
According to information shared by Father Francis Liu of the Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness, Yongzhong Street Canghe Church in Wenzhou city had its cross forcibly removed by local authorities on Saturday.
The church soon filed a police report to inquire about the “stolen cross.” However, the Public Security Bureau in Wenzhou’s Longwan District responded with an official document which claimed the stolen cross-case does not fall under the public security bureau’s jurisdiction and will not be processed.
Meanwhile, another Three-Self church nearby, Yongzhong Christian Church, also had its cross taken down by local authorities.
In 2013-2014, the Zhejiang government instituted a cross removal campaign and removed thousands of crosses from Wenzhou and nearby cities. Several years later, the cross removal continues to be documented across China.