At a church on the outskirts of Wenzhou in eastern China, Christians from across the county keep a nervous watch. Some stand behind the Iron Gate; others sit just inside the church door. For more than two months they’ve waited, preparing themselves to protect the cross on top of their church.
A believer said, “If I have to, I am going to hold it in my arms and protect it. They have no right to tear it down, that is why we have to defend our church.”
Wenzhou is known as the “Jerusalem of China” and throughout this year the local Communist Party authorities have demolished scores of churches and forcibly removed more than 300 church crosses. Chinese church leaders say it’s the worst anti-Christian crackdown in decades.