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Published On: Mon, Jun 18th, 2012

Chinese authorities raid church during baptism service, 17 arrested

The Han Chinese house church in far west China’s Xinjiant was raided by police and local officials, detaining 17 Christians.

Chinese flag, Beijing, China. 2009 Photo/Daderot

China Aid reports that a raid also occurred on the Bajiahu house church in the town of Niuchang, Jinghe county. More than 20 Christians, including the house church leader and those who were to be baptized, had just started gathering at the meeting site when two police officers burst into the meeting.

Shortly thereafter, officials in charge of religion and domestic security protection rushed to the scene in four government vehicles. They took 17 believers into custody and held them until 7 p.m., when they were released into the custody of officers from the respective police stations of each detainee’s residence who escorted them home.

A similar crackdown occurred in March, but involved the capture of 70 Christians.

Wang Lili, the church leader, was not even at the scene during the raid, but she her purse (which was on scene) was confiscated. The reports claims authorities seized her government ID card, keys and more than 3,600 yuan (US$565).

One of the detainees was a woman whose husband was required to sign a guarantee that his wife would no longer attend the house church’s meetings. Because of this, the husband, who is not a Christian, became very angry with his wife.

The church has already been ordered to stop holding meetings.

 

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