The persecution of the Three-Self church in the city of Jinan, Shandong province

Posted: January 8, 2011 in Open Doors, Persecuted
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China Aid Association Picks 2010’s Top 10 Cases of Persecution of Churches and Christians in China

The Changchunli Three-Self Church in the city of Jinan, coastal Shandong province, has been persecuted since 2008. In June 2009, the Jinan Religious Affairs Bureau and the “two committees,” that is, the Three-Self Patriotic Association and the China Christian Council, started to put pressure on the Changchunli Three-Self Church, issuing documents from the “two committees” to forcibly remove Pastor Wang Sanyuan from his post and to stop the church from holding meetings. Pastor Wang and the church’s more than 800 members were extremely displeased. On Sept. 23, 2010, more than 200 people dressed in police uniforms and wearing steel helmets who identified themselves as young police officers burst into the tents that some Changchunli church believers were living in on the construction site of the Wanda Plaza, which was formerly the site of the Changchunli church building before it was razed by the authorities, and started beating people up. At least 27 believers were injured, including one senior citizen who lost the sight in his left eye and 16 women and senior citizens who were also hurt. That same afternoon, more than 300 believers went to city hall to protest and petition. On Oct. 16, the Changchunli Church’s administrative committee formally filed a civil suit with the Jinan City Middle District People’s Court against the Jinan Three-Self Patriotic Association and Christian Council and against the Jinan Urban Renewal Finance Center. In the afternoon of Oct. 29, the court’s filing department telephoned the Changchunli Church’s administrative committee to inform them that the court would not hear the case. In the two years since then, the Changchunli Church has petitioned as many as 70 times, following all the legally required procedures, but to no effect whatsoever.

  1. smkelly8 says:

    I used to live in Jinan. In 2010 in fact. I had no idea this was occurring. I do pray for religious freedom in China and so admire any Christians there.

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