Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China
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News (SEE PICTURE Chinese Christians' human shield to save 4,000-seater church from government bulldozers http://t.co/fuPcdMlx4f)
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On April 3, city officials threatened to demolish this church, claiming it was illegally built.  However, Chinese believers think this is just an excuse to tear down their place of worship.

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Chinese Christians urge Communist Party to halt church 'demolition campaign' - Telegraph

Chinese Christians urge Communist Party to halt church 'demolition campaign' - Telegraph | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Officials in eastern China must abandon plans to demolish churches and crosses and stop their "gross interference" in the lives of worshippers, say Christian leaders and churchgoers (Chinese Christians urge Communist Party to halt church 'demolition...
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This article cites other instances of church buildings being threatened with some form of alteration, from removing crosses to demolishing whole buildings.  It also notes that protestors are not anti-government but hope to be able to resolve this peacefully.

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Chinese Christians Defend Church - Daily Beast

Chinese Christians Defend Church - Daily Beast | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Chinese Christians Defend Church
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Christians have flocked to defend a church in eastern China after Communist Party officials claimed it was an "illegal construction" and announced plans to demolish it.
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A sensationalist description of the events in Wenzhou, focusing on personal accounts from the Telegraph as well as tension between the Communist Party and Christians in China.  This paper also claims that construction took almost six years.

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Tweet from @tomphillipsin

Tweet from @tomphillipsin | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Some of the v charming old ladies who have been occupying #Sanjiang church in Zhejiang after demolition threat http://t.co/xUUXIbWTMN
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Tweet from @VanessaPiao

Tweet from @VanessaPiao | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
#Sanjiang: Protest isn't over. Sit-in today as gov. insists 40% of annex be torn down and main building "modified." http://t.co/VDQ1xh6VW5
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Tweeted 16 days after protest began.  @VanessaPiao also tweeted that part of the building to be torn down is an area "to house nursing home" and reiterated that the government wants the cross to be "less visible."

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In China, Christians Form Human Shield To Protect Church From Demolition - Huffington Post

In China, Christians Form Human Shield To Protect Church From Demolition - Huffington Post | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
In China, Christians Form Human Shield To Protect Church From Demolition
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China's Communist Party has reportedly threatened to bulldoze Sanjiang church, which officials claim was built illegally, The Telegraph reported.
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This source confirms the six year build schedule, and cites the cost at $4.8 million (U.S.).

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Tweet from @VanessaPiao

Tweet from @VanessaPiao | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Notice plastered this evening bans "all religious activities" at #Sanjiang Church. Pic provided by man at church. http://t.co/5HejWQrhzm
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@VanessaPiao shared this picture of a government edict.

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Official denies order to tear down churches in Wenzhou - ecns

Official denies order to tear down churches in Wenzhou - ecns | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
The Malay Mail Online Official denies order to tear down churches in Wenzhou ecns Religious affairs authorities in Wenzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, on Wednesday denied recent accusations that Christian churches in the city had been ordered...
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There is dispute over whether China's Communist Party has been ordering churches to remove crosses/make them less conspicuous.

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Chinese official: We aren't persecuting Christians - New Zealand Herald

Chinese official: We aren't persecuting Christians - New Zealand Herald | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Chinese official: We aren't persecuting Christians New Zealand Herald Last week, Christians flocked to the Sanjiang church in Wenzhou - a rich port city known as the "Jerusalem of the East" because of its large Christian community - after its...
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This source suggests that there is debate within the Communist Party about the role of religion in a socialist society.

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Concern rises in Wenzhou as Christianity booms in capitalist fashion - Global Times

Concern rises in Wenzhou as Christianity booms in capitalist fashion - Global Times | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Global Times Concern rises in Wenzhou as Christianity booms in capitalist fashion Global Times Freshly daubed in red paint on the left façade of Sanjiang Church in Yongjia county, Wenzhou, in China's eastern Zhejiang Province, is a large Chinese...
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This article cites more in detail the legal issues involved in the church's construction.  This source confirms that negotiations are being made so that most of the church will remain intact.

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Wenzhou Christians surround church amid renewed demolition allegations - Global Times

Wenzhou Christians surround church amid renewed demolition allegations - Global Times | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Wenzhou Christians surround church amid renewed demolition allegations Global Times Hundreds of Christians gathered at the Protestant Sanjiang Church in Yongjia county, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province Monday amid alleged rumors that local authorities...
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Is the Chinese government going back on their word?  Rumors that officials were reneging on their deal with the Sanjian church caused 500 Christians to resume occupation of the building on Monday, April 21.

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Wenzhou 3Jiang Church 20140421 (2)

拆拿China 拆哪 China 拆那 民房、教堂,想拆就拆.
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Video footage from the sit-in, posted April 21.

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China: Provincial Gov't. Demolishes Church

China: Provincial Gov't. Demolishes Church.
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The unfortunate resolution to the month-long sit-in.

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Faithful Rush to Protect Church With a Cross Deemed Too Tall - New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog) Faithful Rush to Protect Church With a Cross Deemed Too Tall New York Times (blog) The newly built Sanjiang Christian Church in Yongjia County, near Wenzhou, in Zhejiang Province, was ruled to be an “illegal construction” by...
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New York Times blog reveals that the church was newly constructed as of December 2013 after two and a half years of construction.  The church cost about $4.8 million (US equivalent) and was funded by donations from local families.  A permit was also issued for the building by the Wenzhou municipal government, according to a phone interview source.

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RT @MalcolmMoore: .@tomphillipsin besieged as thousands of Christians in Wenzhou occupy a megachurch to save it from demolition http://t.co
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Initial post by @tomphillipsin, (author of the Telegraph article) who corrected his information in a later tweet:  https://twitter.com/tomphillipsin/status/453061439582773250

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Why Chinese Christians are camping out to save their church and cross from demolition

Why Chinese Christians are camping out to save their church and cross from demolition | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Local officials express concern about a growing religion.
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This article suggests the threatened demolition of the building is about the prominent crosses advertising its status as a Christian church.  The estimated cost of the building listed here is lower than the other articles (US equivalency of 3.2 million) as well as permit violations (though this seems to be standard practice in this province).

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Faithful rally to save new Sanjiang church in Wenzhou from demolition

Faithful rally to save new Sanjiang church in Wenzhou from demolition | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Hundreds of worshippers at a newly built church in Zhejiang province have launched a campaign to save the building from the wrecking ball. The church is located in Ou Bei township in Wenzhou, which...
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Linked article notes that the protest started March 25, and that on April 3 pastors received notice that demolition would commence within 15 days.

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Inspiring: Christians in China Form Human Chain Around Church When Officials Try to Demolish It

Inspiring: Christians in China Form Human Chain Around Church When Officials Try to Demolish It | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
"I will guard the church until the very end, without fearing hardship or death." (Good job guys. #sanjiang http://t.co/cxG7ziEFAD)
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The event is picked up by more people on Twitter.

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Zhejiang TSPM church faces forced demolition for refusing to ...

Zhejiang TSPM church faces forced demolition for refusing to ... | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
(Wenzhou, Zhejiang—April 4, 2014) A Three-Self Patriotic Movement church in China's coastal Zhejiang province is facing demolition after refusing to remove the cross that tops the building. “When the Party secretary Xia ...
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The Chinese government prepares for forced demolition as protestors refuse to cease protecting the church.  An evacuation order has been issued, and demolition crews are on standby. 

 

This source also suggests that Christian believers are protecting their church because rebuild locations are limited.

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WenZhou Sanjiang Church Worship for Faith force

这里的基督徒聚会,唱诗、祷告,为了坚守他们的教堂。 温州三江教堂被命令拆除十字架,否则将拆除整个教堂。 现在,浙江省内有更多教堂接收书面或口头通知,要拆除十字架。 温州众教会、众教派的信徒、同工都来声援。
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The Sanjiang church continues to hold worship services despite the demolition threat.

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Sanjiang Church: The Basics of Christianity in China

Sanjiang Church: The Basics of Christianity in China | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Insight on current issues affecting the church in China. (My article was picked up by ChinaSource.
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This article cites unclear laws, permit issues, and Chinese citizens' growing awareness of their rights, not just religious persecution, as issues behind the Sanjiang church demolition.

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Stop invading our churches, Christians tell China's rulers - StarPhoenix

Stop invading our churches, Christians tell China's rulers - StarPhoenix | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Stop invading our churches, Christians tell China's rulers
StarPhoenix
Zheng Leguo, one of the petition's authors, said more than 300 religious leaders had signed it in the 24 hours since an electronic version began circulating.
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Author suggests this event is a manifestation of the conflict between China's officially atheist Communist Party and official governmental protection on freedom of religion.

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The Sanjiang Church Incident: More than Meets the Eye

The Sanjiang Church Incident: More than Meets the Eye | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Last week, word started circulating in the western press of a church in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province that was surrounded by parishioners protecting it f...
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Possible resolution:  the building and cross will stay, but the annex must downsize.

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China headed towards being 'largest Christian country' - Regina Leader-Post

China headed towards being 'largest Christian country' - Regina Leader-Post | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
Regina Leader-Post China headed towards being 'largest Christian country' Regina Leader-Post Christians' growing power was on display earlier this month when thousands flocked to defend a church in Wenzhou, a city known as the “Jerusalem of the...
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Now that the conflict is over, Tom Phillips (the top web writer on the event) wraps up the event with reflections on the fast-growing Christian population in China.

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Tweet from @phoebeqinqin

Tweet from @phoebeqinqin | Church Demolition Threat Sparks Sit-In in Wenzhou, China | Scoop.it
A church in Wenzhou City will be removed by force. Picture taken from the demolition scene. http://t.co/OCCo6SDdLH
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Twitter activity picks up on the new wave of demolition threats against the Sanjiang church.

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