Bulldozers wreck old Catholic church in Taiwan’s Yilan County

Yilan County steps in to protect the remains

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/06/06
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Bulldozers wrecked a Catholic church in Yilan County’s Jiaoxi

The remains of the Jiaoxi Catholic Church Wednesday. (By Central News Agency)

(礁溪) township even though it was expected to be designated as a historic monument, reports said Wednesday.

The building had been erected in 1966 on the initiative of a Dutch priest, and was going through the process of official protection, the Central News Agency reported.

However, on Wednesday morning, bulldozers moved in and tore down at least one side of the church. Since the operators, reportedly acting on behalf of the Church in Taipei, had not applied for an official license, the county government sent in officials to stop the work and slap a “temporary monument” notice on the edifice.

In order to prevent a repeat of the incident, the county government had asked local police to intensify patrols in the area, according to CNA.    [FULL  STORY]

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