Chris­tian lawyer taken away in China’s Zhe­jiang

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

A well-known Chi­nese Chris­tian lawyer had been out of con­tact for al­most two days af­ter be­ing taken away by gov­ern­ment work­ers in an eastern province where lo­cal author­i­ties are un­der a dead­line to re­move the Chris­tian sym­bol, the cross, from church roofs, his col­league said Thurs­day.

The Bei­jing law firm had re­ceived no word on Zhang Kai, and nei­ther had his fam­ily, said Yang Xingquan.

Zhang has been pro­vid­ing le­gal coun­sel for churches in Zhe­jiang province in their re­sis­tance to the gov­ern­ment or­der, which has been crit­i­cized as un­con­sti­tu­tional and in­fring­ing upon the right of re­li­gious free­dom.

Zhang and his as­sis­tant were in a church in the city of Wen­zhou on Tues­day night when they were taken away by gov­ern­ment work­ers, Yang said.

Wen­zhou, a coastal city in Zhe­jiang, is known for its entrepreneurship as well as its many Protes­tant and Catholic churches.

Calls to Wen­zhou po­lice were hung up upon the men­tion of the lawyer.

Lo­cal Chris­tians said at least 11 pas­tors and church mem­bers had been taken away by po­lice this week, most likely to de­ter re­sis­tance by churches against the cross re­moval.

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