Friday, August 18, 2006

Repression of "Unregistered" Chinese Churches Continues Apace

China Adds Restrictions in Effort to Shake the Faith of Independent Congregations
TUANQIANBU, China, Aug. 13 — The rusty parked bicycles clogging the little lane attested to a strong turnout, as did the sound of voices, which resonated with hymns throughout the hamlet. Despite the 100-degree heat, there was a crowd at the little Protestant church this Sunday.

But there was also a hint of trouble, as some foreigners arrived unannounced at the back of the dilapidated building. “Please, I beg you to leave here,” a woman called out as she approached them from the front. “We have already had a lot of difficulties. Go now.”

Two weeks earlier, as many as 500 police officers surrounded the congregants as they were closing in on their long-held dream of completing construction of a new church nearby. The 3,000 or so people were driven away from the site, and those who argued or resisted in any way were arrested and, according to their lawyer, beaten. Then the church, with all but the roof in place, was demolished.


Blogger Andrew said...

Mallicious political penetration oftentimes take the form of evangelists or propagators of other religions, whom the public lack the sensitivity to recognize. So religious organizations and compaigns should, according to law, register to and peer at by the government. Legal religious organizations exist almost in every cities in China. Why didn't these disciples in the report register at the government?

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