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100 Christians detained in China

100 Christians detained in China

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 17 Dec 2018, 10:07 am

Beijing, Dec 17 (IBNS): Hundred Christian pastors have been detained by authorities in China, media reports said on Monday.


"Around 100 leaders and seminary students from Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, Sichuan have been arrested today," said a statement issued by the ChinaAid, a US-based nonprofit that advocates on behalf of China's Christian communities.

"Among the arrested are Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong, who were seen being taken away after those who attend their church could not find them. Another two, Guo Hai and his wife, were forced to leave their two children at home unattended when police took them into custody," it said.

A church parishioner, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Wang's arrest in a phone call with CNN.

An incomplete list of those arrested includes: Jiang Ruolin, Ge Yingfeng, Zhu Hong, Xiao Hongliu, Ye Yin, Zhang Jianqing, Liu Yingxiu, Assistant Deacon Zhang Guoqing, Elder Su and his wife, Xiao Yingshan and his spouse, Song Engquang and his spouse, Xiao Baoguang, Zhou Xiaojuan, Liu Daxuan, and Zhou Yong.

The arrests continued into Dec. 11, when Li Yingqiang, who went into hiding and became the one contact available to speak to the press, was arrested.

"The massive overnight attack against members of the independent, renowned Early Rain Covenant Church represents a major escalation of religious persecution in China," said Dr. Bob Fu, ChinaAid's founder and president and a close friend of Pastor Wang. "Ironically this largest scale of arrests and clamp down on the international Human Rights Day shows Xi’s regime deliberately making itself the enemy of universal values, such as religious freedom for all. ChinaAid calls upon the international community to condemn these arbitrary arrests of innocent religious believers and urges the Chinese regime for their immediate release." 
 

100 Christians detained in China

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