ChinaAid reports that the Ruian County government of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province forcibly demolished the Nangang Church, located in Nangang Village, Feiyun Street, to build commercial buildings.
Videos circulating on the internet show dozens of fully-armed police confronting Chinese Christians and proceeding with the demolition. The church, which covered an area of eight acres and was valued at millions pounds, was ordered to be demolished at night without an agreed compensation plan.
Wenzhou, Zhejiang has one of the largest concentrations of Christians in China. The number of Christians in the city, according to ChinaAid, exceeds one million with more than a thousand officially registered churches. From February 2014 to January 2016, Xia Baolong, Secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee, ordered the demolition of crosses in churches across the province with more than 1,000 crosses removed.