Hong Kong marks “Day of Grief” as China celebrates anniversary

Hong Kong marks “Day of Grief” as China celebrates anniversary

Hong Kong (MNN) — The China-Hong Kong divide takes heart stage at this time as China celebrates 70 years of Communist rule. A significant celebration of China’s navy and financial would possibly is underway in Tiananmen Sq..

In the meantime, protestors plan to march in Hong Kong regardless of a police ban, labeling October 1 a “Day of Grief.” China just lately elevated its paramilitary forces within the semiautonomous area following weeks of civil unrest, Reuters studies.

Asian Entry board member Francis Tsui says non secular freedom thrives in Hong Kong now, however that might change. “I want the global Church to pray for Christians in China, in Hong Kong,” he requests.

“It is not about what we see. It is about what we see God has been doing.”

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Protests divide Hong Kong

This summer season, protests started following a controversial extradition legislation and its subsequent withdrawal. Demonstrators don’t need Chinese language interference; they favor Hong Kong’s autonomy, Tsui explains.

Nonetheless, some residents see no different choice and suppose Hong Kong ought to proceed underneath China’s sovereignty.

“What we are seeing, all that has transpired in the last 18 weeks, is a reflection of the divided attitude. It’s a matter of trust and fear of China.”

Relating to non secular freedom, China has been growing stress on believers over the previous 12 months. Learn our protection right here. Nonetheless, the “one country, two systems” coverage permits believers and church buildings to function freely in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong protests in July 2019.
(Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

“In light of all [the restrictions] inside China, there is a sense of threat,” Tsui says. “But… as long as the ‘one country, two systems’ can still be working, Hong Kong churches will [keep] the status quo.”

Subsequent steps

Now that you already know, would you pray? Pray for perseverance and knowledge, Tsui requests. Pray believers might be “a beacon of hope in the midst of challenges.”

Through the Cultural Revolution, “all the churches were being closed down… you thought it [was] the darkest period of time for the Chinese Church,” he continues. Nonetheless, oppression had an surprising final result.

“The Church has not grown threefold [or] tenfold; the Church grew a hundredfold. I think we need to have that kind of perspective.”

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Header picture depicts Hong Kong protestors in July 2019. Picture credit score doctorho through Flickr/CreativeCommons2.0.

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