Nearly a week after Chinese Christians thwarted government attempts to remove the cross from their place of worship as part of an ongoing ‚Äúanti-church‚ÄĚ campaign, authorities returned to destroy the religious symbol.
Last Wednesday, members of the Guantou church in Wenzhou, a city known as China‚Äôs Jerusalem, successfully forced demolition teams to abandon a predawn attempt to remove its cross.
However, demolition workers returned in the early hours of Tuesday morning to complete their task, which activists and academics believe is part of a renewed Communist Party crackdown on faith that began in the eastern province of Zhejiang earlier this year.
‚ÄúThe cross was secretly taken down between 3am and 6am,‚ÄĚ said Zheng Legou, a local church leader. ...