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Christian pastor stands trial over cross removals in China

Christian pastor on trial in east China after he questioned authorities over cross removals

Christian pastor stands trial over cross removals in China

BEIJING (AP) -- A Christian pastor who questioned authorities in eastern China over the forced removal of rooftop crosses is standing trial in Zhejiang province.

Lawyer Zhang Kai says Huang Yizi was charged in the city of Pingyang with gathering crowds to disrupt the social order. If convicted, Huang could face up to seven years in jail.

A woman who answered the court's phone and gave only her family name, Li, confirmed that the trial began Tuesday afternoon. It's unclear how long the trial will last.

Authorities in Zhejiang tore down about 400 rooftop crosses last year in a campaign against building-code violations, but religious rights advocates say the Christian faith was being targeted because its rapid growth in China unnerves the ruling Communist Party.


Updated : 2021-03-02 22:28 GMT+08:00