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Clashes as church land is sold off by government

Hong Kong (UCAN): An 800 square metre plot of disputed land next to the Immaculate Conception Church in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, China, was sold at auction for commercial use by government authorities on May 28, following clashes between Catholics and security officials.
 
The day before the auction, dozens of security guards, police and public security officers clashed with Catholics on the site, a source reported. 
 

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Inspired by the pope

HONG KONG (UCAN): A young photographer, Tu Chun, found the appeal of the ancient and picturesque Chinese World Heritage City of Hangzhou the ideal spot to illustrate the life of immigrants.
 
Tu produced a series of photographs over two years of expatriate families living in Hangzhou and entered it in the in the people category of the 2017 International Photography Awards-China. He took the bronze medal in October.
 

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Hangzhou under lockdown for G20

HANGZHOU (SE): Rights advocates are calling on the leaders of the G20 nations not to ignore China’s human rights record during the G20 summit scheduled to take place in Hangzhou from September 4 to 5.

The Chinese Human Rights Defenders describe the current crackdown on human rights as being the most severe the country has seen in decades.

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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.

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Purging pastors

HANGZHOU (AsiaNews): Chinese state media confirmed that Reverend Joseph Gu Yuese, the pastor of the Chongyi Church in Hangzhou, the largest Protestant community in mainland China, was unceremoniously fired from his position on January 18 and later arrested on charges of embezzlement, but no further details were given.

In an open letter addressed to his congregation, Reverend Gu speaks of a cold storm that is heading for Hangzhou, the provincial capital of Zhejiang.

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Crosses again begin to tumble in Zhejiang

HONG KONG (UCAN): Be it a fresh campaign to remove crosses from Church buildings in Zhejiang or just catch up demolition on the backlog of jobs that were not completed last year, between January 1 and February 2 this year, 18 more Church buildings in the province were stripped of their crosses by government authorities, with 13 of them in the last week of January.

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