Artists and Christians have become the latest targets in China's biggest crackdown on the Communist Party's critics in decades, with a leading Beijing "underground" church being left homeless, reports the Australian.
Beijing's Shougang Church has about 1000 members but is a so-called "underground" or "house" church that operates beyond the auspices of the Communist Party's three official Christian churches, which include a "Catholic" church that sits outside the authority of the Vatican.
The church's landlord is refusing to renew its lease under orders from security forces.
"This is the cross that the church has to bear," Pastor Jin Tianming was reported to have told his congregation. "We need a formal approval from the authorities to allow us to find an indoor meeting place. If not, we will not waver in worshipping outdoors."