The authorities hired thugs to vandalize and loot a religious gathering venue in Anhui.
In July 2015, more than 200 members of a house church were gathered at the home of a believer, Zhou Sheng (pseudonym), in Anhui’s Tongcheng city to participate in a biannual Bible study.
When the believers who were on the lookout duty saw police vehicles and large trucks drive towards the house, they alerted the congregants that they had to flee. The church’s leaders and most of the believers were able to escape. However, some elderly believers couldn’t move fast due to their limited mobility.
Soon, 15 police officers showed up at the venue. The officers were visibly angry at finding that most of the believers had escaped and so, directed hired local thugs to destroy everything there. These thugs smashed the water tanks and cauldrons installed at Mr. Zhou’s house. The police, on the other hand, took away the cooked food, along with tables and chairs.
The police also detained five elderly believers, including the 77-year-old Mr. Zhou. They were interrogated at the police station before being released.
Such instances have made local citizens increasingly wary of the CCP and the authorities.
Reported by Jiang Tao