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No Mass during G20

HANGZHOU (UCAN): Government authorities in Hangzhou announced that during the G20 Summit scheduled to be held in the city from August 31 to September 2 all churches will be closed for security reasons.

Hangzhou  is scheduled to host the finance deputies as well as Sherpa (deputies of heads of state) meetings. However, as some heads of state will accompany their deputies the authorities are taking a series of security measures, one of which bans religious worship.

The Guardian reported the Chinese tabloid, The Global Times, as saying that Xiaoshan, a district in southeast Hangzhou where the G20 meeting will be held, is forbidding large-scale religious activities until four days after the event.

The Christian Today, reported Li Guisheng, a Christian human rights lawyer, as saying the ban does not have any basis in Chinese law.

“I cannot understand why they have done this... Worshipping God has nothing to do with the G20 summit,” Li said.

Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang province, which has experienced a lot of friction between Christians and the government over the past years.

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