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Growth of Protestants in China: the frustrations of Wang Zuoan
At a seminar on " The Sinicization of Christianity in Shanghai," the Director of the Office of Religious Affairs claims he wants to support the Protestant communities and their development. In reality, the number of Protestants belonging to communities not under government control is on the rise. A campaign to demolish crosses and churches and arrest faithful.
Wenzhou, Christians challenge government to prevent the demolition of their church
For days, about 3 thousand faithful of the official Protestant Ou Bei community have held a sit-in in front of the newly rebuilt place of worship Sanjiang , which the authorities want to demolish for "security reasons". Government’s decision hides attempt to target congregation of thousands which meets every Sunday and their church which is considered "too high".
30/10/2008 CHINA - TIBET
China-Tibet dialogue, Dalai Lama skeptical
Meetings resume in Beijing with representatives of the Tibetan leader in exile. But he has declared that he has no faith in the Chinese government. The British foreign minister urges China to begin fruitful dialogue, and recalls the detainees of the revolt, and the lack of free access to Tibet for diplomats and journalists. A meeting to discuss Tibetan strategy in November.
Bulldozers raze the Church of Tam Toa quashing Catholic demands
The government has decreed that the ruins of the ancient church will become a public park, having in mind to build a tourist village, and refuse to give it back to the Catholics for sacred use. Criticism from the bishop, who recalls the arrests, beatings, theft against the faithful by the police. On the day of the Assumption, 200 thousand people celebrated Mass at Xa Doi. Another 500 thousand, prevented by police from reaching the meeting place, celebrated Mass along the highway.
New directive from Hanoi on Church property: nothing will be given back
A norm, with obscure provisions, affirms that the use of ecclesiastical property granted by the state to "organizations" must respect the purpose of this property, and not offend the sentiments of the faithful. Who will be harshly punished if they protest.
Devoid of democracy, Beijing urges attention to petitions
In China, those who fail to obtain justice address a "petition" to the government, a legacy of the imperial system. Often local authorities ignore requests and petitioners go to Beijing to consult the central government. Experts: Justice is not achieved with new regulations but with respect for human rights and democracy.
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