Centre for Three-Self Church Members Demolished

(省). A part of the administrative division of China at the highest, provincial level. China includes 22 provinces (although sometimes the government mentions 23, by adding Taiwan).

” data-gt-translate-attributes=”[{"attribute":"data-cmtooltip", "format":"html"}]”>Province. Believers at home and abroad raised over 10 million RMB for the construction of the 600-square-meter building next to the Baishitang Church, intended to be used as a residence for members of the church and their meeting place. The construction began in 2016 and was finished by May this year. All of the equipment and furniture had already been in place inside the building.

On May 7, 2018, the Shanwei government dispatched about 200 people including the special and public police to the newly constructed building and started the demolition. The authorities claimed that the construction of the building had not been appropriately reported and all the taxes had not been paid.

On the day of the demolition, all local internet access was cut off, and the police took away phones from people who were recording the events demanding that no photos should be given to the media.

The five-story structure was wholly taken down in one day, and the authorities completely cleared away all the debris within two weeks.

A local government insider said that the Chinese Communist Party authorities are especially adamant to crack down on churches that have overseas contacts, blaming them for “joining foreign anti-China forces to undermine national unity.”

Reported by Lin Yijiang

Images provided by the believer who informed Bitter Winter about the destruction of the building:

The Baishitang Three-Self Church

The Shanwei, Guangdong Baishitang Three-Self Church building constructed with raised funds demolished by authorities (images provided by a believer)


The rubble after the demolition

debris cleared away

The debris was cleared away within two weeks

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