Zhang Kai, a prominent human rights lawyer, has been put under six months of residential detention after being taken away by Chinese police from a Christian church in Wenzhou.
Kai has been detained on suspicion of “endangering state security “and “disturbing the public order”.
Chinese police reportedly detained Kai’s assistants and at least ten Christians, including pastors.
Kai worked closely with the Christian community, representing churches which have been ordered to remove crucifixes and completely do away with houses of worship in Wenzhou.
According to residents, several churches have been ordered to be demolished and over one thousand five hundred crosses have been removed from churches throughout eastern China.