» 05/23/2011, 00.00
Shouwang Christians will not give up, they pray in public and the police arrest them
For the seventh consecutive Sunday, police arrest the faithful, including elderly and children, one only 2 years old. Experts say the authorities may ban the group and the incarcerate leader. Beijing seems determined to crush any dissent, particularly religious.
Persecution mounts against the Church of Shouwang
Police yesterday arrested the faithful gathered in the square to pray for the 6th consecutive week. Dozens of followers are now under arrest at home every weekend. Meanwhile, dozens of the faithful are losing their job or home, under pressure from the authorities. But the case is becoming international.
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.
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Yesterday at least 15 people arrested. From April 10, hundreds of Christians arrested because they tried to pray in public, after the government took away the use of their rented premises. The imprisoned faithful are "happy" to pray in prison and "preach the gospel to the guards." The government's religious policy is considered "obsolete" by Chinese academics. Beijing fears a "jasmine revolution", as many activists have converted to Christianity.
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