» 07/30/2013, 00.00
In Beijing, 34 members of the Shouwang Church arrested
Led by the feisty Rev Jin Tianming, one of the capital's Protestant communities has been denied the right to have a place of worship. Forced to meet outdoors in every kind of whether, believers and clergy are hauled away by police. In his 'arrest' newsletter, the reverend calls on the faithful to pray for their persecutors.
“Official” Changchunli Church attacked in Ji’nan
The authorities are now targeting Christian communities that belong to the Three Self-Patriotic Movement, the government body in charge of Protestant Churches, in order to steel their land, and resell to business interests. Thus, even religious freedom “government-style” takes a backseat.
Police arrests Shouwang Church members, talks theology with them
Fifteen people were arrested on Sunday, joining dozens already under house arrest. Members of the official Three-Self Patriotic Movement took part in the interrogation of those arrested in order to convince them to join their organisation. A campaign of repression is underway against ‘House Churches’.
Arrest of Shouwang Christians and other believers relentless
Yesterday, 20 more members of the Church of Shouwang were arrested, some of their leaders are under house arrest for over two months. Beijing wants to suppress any religious activity outside the control of the Communist Party.
Beijing's Shouwang Church denounces police repression
The pastor of the congregation, the combative Jin Tianming, has laid a formal complaint to the authorities: officials arrested his people more than 1,600 times in 17 months, have prevented them from using the premises purchased for worship or hire others, have lobbied for the dismissal of his followers.
Members of Beijing’s Shouwang Church arrested again
For several years, Church members have been forced to worship outdoors. The authorities have harassed them and prevented the congregation from renting or purchasing a place of worship. The four members arrested in the latest raid have been given a ten days of administrative detention for "disturbing public order".
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