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Protestant clergyman arrested in Guangzhou
Police arrest Rev Wang Dao, a veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen protest. Police also detain members of his congregation who met in a park to pray. The authorities have targeted his church because real estate developers are interested in its location. This crackdown seems to herald more anti-Christian repression.
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’.
House church shut down in Shaanxi, two Protestants imprisoned
Police raid a 12-member community in a remote village, seizing their Bibles and other religious literature. The government’s campaign against underground communities continues as the authorities fear prayers in favour of a ‘Jasmine Revolution’.
20/04/2006 CHINA - USA
Abuse of Chinese Christians persists as Hu Jintao visits Washington
An American organization lobbying for religious freedom in China claimed: "Police raids against unofficial Christians are continuing and becoming ever more violent"
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.
Christians tortured in Xinjiang, Anhui church forcibly shut down
Arbitrarily arrested, four Christians were detained and tortured for 32 days. The Anhui Religious Affair Bureau shut down a house church set up 53 years ago.
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