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China police disrupt church service to arrest 13

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China police disrupt church service to arrest 13

Chinese worshippers. Photo: China Aid

Police interrupted a church service in China’s south Guangdong province and arrested 13 Christians on 5 Novvember.

The Christians were later interrogated at a police station. They were accused of holding religious services at unapproved sites. Bibles and other Christian materials belonging to the church were taken to the police station along with the 13 Christians.

After questioning, the Christians had their information added to a database and transcripts of their interrogation were filled out. One woman, Zhai Lili, in whose property the congregation worshipped, received an administrative detention sentence and has not yet been released. Her conditions and whereabouts are unknown.

According to China Aid, this is the second time within a week that police from this particular area harassed members of a house church. The first target was Pastor Li Wanhua of Fengle Church who was summoned to the police station after his home was raided. He was kept at the police station for four hours.