In the early hours of September 13, 2009, 400 local police, government officials, and hired vandals attacked Fushan House Church, demolishing the new church building and damaging the Good News Cloth Shoes Factory in Linfen City, Shanxi.
Church members who were sleeping at the construction site were brutally beaten with bricks and clubs.
As the day broke, hundreds of believers from the 50,000-member Linfen Church network, rushed to the aid of the injured.
More than 30 church members had to be hospitalized in critical condition.
Those left standing sustained brutal beatings, leaving blood staining the remains of the building site.
The attackers showed no mercy for the young and old alike. One governing official shouted unabashedly, "Strike Everything! We will pay for it!"
Local Fushan County officials prohibited hospitals from giving the victims blood transfusions, forcing them to transfer to regional hospitals for care.
21 victims remain in critical condition today.
Access to the factory site was closed off, with power, water, and all communications severed to Fushan and neighboring Linfen churches.
Two bulldozers decimated the foundations of the new Fushan Church building.
When the dust settled, 17 buildings at the factory complex had been reduced to rubble, the new church building a heap of brick and metal.