To the dismay of Christians in the area, Chinese authorities are continuing a cross demolition campaign that began in 2014.
It is believed that officials in the Zhejiang province are under a two-month deadline to remove crosses from thousands of churches. Christopher Warner, the regional manager for Southeast Asia at International Christian Concern (ICC), tells OneNewsNow despite what the government says, he believes this is religious persecution.
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"They're saying that it's a safety concern in some cases," Warner relays. "Sometimes it's an architectural beatification issue, but frankly it looks like nothing more than intimidation and attempt to control the growing Christian Church influence in the region."
The government is cracking down of those opposed to the campaign.
"Anyone who dares to raise concern about it either is not listened to at all, or they're thrown into jail," the ICC spokesman laments. "Some people have been put into jail on trumped-up charges, but really the reason was that they disliked publicly the campaign that the Zhejiang province officials were conducting."
Warner notes that even the official Chinese Church is seeing their crosses removed and have denounced the campaign, but it appears even their outcry is falling on deaf ears.