The demolition of the Dongsheng District Catholic Church in Erdos, Inner Mongolia

Posted: January 8, 2011 in Open Doors, Persecuted
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The demolition of the Dongsheng District Catholic Church in Erdos, Inner Mongolia: In the early morning hours of June 8, 2010, the clamor of machines and the sounds of a noisy crowd woke Father Gao’en and Catholic Committee Director Yang Yizhi of the Dongsheng District Catholic Church in the city of Erdos, in Inner Mongolia. More than 100 police and unidentified people were in the process of tearing down the church. In their shock and anger, they charged in and tried to stop this outrageous act of forced demolition. The vicious police blindfolded and handcuffed them and forcibly led them away. When the local Catholic residents heard the news and raced to the scene, all they saw was the cathedral’s altar table and the five-meter (16.5-foot) tall cross destroyed and cast aside. The whereabouts and fate of Father Gao and Yang were unknown. Some Catholic believers insisted on setting up a tent at the site of their demolished church in order to protect the church’s land. They noticed that police vehicles were parked nearby and police were on patrol, and that they were under police surveillance. The church that was forcibly demolished by the authorities was the only Catholic cathedral in the city of Erdos, in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and was officially registered with the government in May 2009 as a Three-Self Catholic Church. It has about 1000 parishioners.

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