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Published On: Thu, Sep 25th, 2014

Chinese police storm churches, arrest over 100 Christians – 30 still jailed

Chinese police officers raided and arrested over 100 people in house churches throughout China’s Guangdong Province. Eyewitnesses say a massive police force, “nearly 200,” interrupted services and arrested members of the congregations for “illegal gathering.”
 
“We don’t know exactly why they raided our church,” a local believer told International Christian Concern, which has been keeping track of the rising tide of persecution in China. “The government does not want us to get together and worship as a church.”
 
Photo/Vectorportal via wikimedia commons

Photo/Vectorportal via wikimedia commons

Most of the Christians were eventually released from authorities, but over 30 remain in custody, the Sept. 22 article noted. 

 
International Christian Concern (ICC) Regional Manager for Southeast Asia Sooyoung Kim said, “It is unbelievable that local authorities arrested over 100 church members, including children, in Foshan city. Even though most people have been released, the experience has been traumatizing.” 
 
“ICC urges local authorities in Guangdong Province to respect its citizens’ rights to religious freedom, that the government of China says are upheld, and free these innocent Christians as soon as possible.”
 
In China, only churches approved by the government are allowed to assemble and worship. This raid appears to be part of the large government campaign to crackdown on Christians and religious minorities throughout the communist nation.
 
 Many churches that have government approval are now being ordered to shut their doors. 

“What the government here is doing is so barbaric,” local church leader Chen Zhi’ai told CNN.

In July, a prominent Chinese leader was sentenced to 12 years in prison, supposedly for gathering crowds “to disturb public order.” Other watchdog groups have called pastor Zhang Shaojie’s imprisonment further evidence of China’s attempt to hold back the growth of Christianity.

“This case shows the Chinese government continues to cover up religious persecution with fabricated criminal charges against an innocent church leader,” China Aid head Bob Fu said at the time.

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