Christian lawyer taken away in China region removing crosses

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Posted: Aug 27, 2015 3:55 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A well-known Chinese Christian lawyer has been out of contact for almost two days after being taken away by government workers in an eastern province where local authorities are under a deadline to remove the Christian symbol, the cross, from church roofs.

Yang Xingquan, a colleague of Zhang Kai, said Thursday that there has been no word on Zhang, who provides legal counsel for churches in Zhejiang in their resistance to the government order, which has been criticized as unconstitutional and infringing upon the right of religious freedom.

Yang said Zhang and his assistant were taken away on Tuesday night from a church in the Zhejiang city of Wenzhou, known for its many churches.

Calls to Wenzhou police were hung up upon the mention of the lawyer.