A Protestant church was destroyed last Friday morning, 27 January, in Henan province.
A bulldozer tore down half of the four-storey building pulverising
many facilities whilst Christians were remained locked in an office
Intruders hired by the authorities forcibly entered the Dali
Christian Church, a government-recognised Three-Self (Protestant)
congregation, carrying clubs.
They locked a church elder, named Ding, the church's temporary
director, and several other Christians in the reception office,
confiscated their cell phones, and threw away their SIM cards.
No one was allowed to enter the church, and the authorities forbade pictures.
The intruders then smashed and looted church property, and a front
loader tore down about half of the building, destroying many facilities.
This event has sparked fears that the church and cross demolitions, which were part of a "beautification" campaign led by the authorities in Zhejiang province and targeted many Three-Self churches, will soon erupt into a nationwide endemic of abuse against government churches.