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China's Christians urge govt to stop church demolitions: Group

Published on Apr 10, 2014 3:13 PM

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Chinese Christians have asked the government to halt what they claim is an orchestrated campaign to demolish churches, a United States-based religious rights group said.

The China Aid Association said worshippers in the eastern province of Zhejiang had urged the local authorities to stop dismantling crosses and churches on the grounds that they violate building codes.

Thousands of worshippers flocked to the Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou city last week to protect it from demolition, the group said in a statement Wednesday.

China's Communist Party keeps a tight grip on religion out of fears it could challenge its grip on power, requiring followers to worship in places approved by the state and under government supervision.

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