270 House Church Pastors Detained For Alleged Illegal Religious Gathering
Posted by radiofreechina on December 10, 2007
Shandong Province- China Aid Association has learned that 270 House Church Pastors have been detained for what Chinese officials are calling an “illegal religious gathering”.
On December 7 at 1:30pm, House Church pastors in Hedeng District, Linyi
City , were gathered for a Bible Study when their meeting was disrupted by police officials.
According to Pastor Li, an eyewitness, 40-50 policemen from 12 different towns were involved in the massive detention. The pastors were then handcuffed two-by-two and taken to the local police station for questioning. As of this morning 150 pastors remain in custody. The others have been released on a Y300 ($40) interrogation fee.
The humiliation these pastors received by being led away in handcuffs as common criminals, for attending a Bible study is an unjustifiable act of religious persecution. In addition, the large scale and high profile of the detentions shows the apathy of Chinese officials in moving towards a policy for toleration of religious freedom. Behavior unbecoming of the World’s host for the Olympic games in 2008.
China Aid will continue to monitor the situation and provide necessary aid for these persecuted pastors.
For those concerned, contact:
Chinese Embassy in
Washington , D.C.
Ambassador: Mr. Zhou Wenzhong
2300 Connecticut Avenue, N. W., Washington D.C.
20008 , U.S.A.
Tel: +001-202-3282500, 3282501, 3282502
Issued by CAA on December 10, 2007