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Authorities Ban Christian Student Fellowship in Inner Mongolia, Detain Leader for 15 Days

10/19/2011 China (ChinaAid) - Chinese police and religious affairs officials last month shut down a Christian students fellowship group in Inner Mongolia and administratively detained its leader for 15 days, in China’s ongoing persecution of house churches and any Christian group that meets outside government-approved churches.

According to the banning order and detention papers obtained by China Aid Association, the local police and the Bureau of Minority and Religious Affairs of Ulanqab’s Jining district banned the Mengfu (Blessed) Fellowship in mid-September and put its leader, Liang Guangzhong, into administrative detention for 15 days. The reason was “illegal evangelism.” 

The Sept. 15 ban (above) issued by the religious affairs bureau said that Liang, a native of Henan province’s Qi county, had “established an illegal religious organization, the Mengfu Fellowship, at the Mengfu Yanxin Bookstore and Café, in … the vicinity of the Jining Teachers College [to engage in] illegal evangelism …. We hereby order both these activity centers to be shut down and confiscate the funds and goods that were used in the carrying out of these illegal activities: 2110 yuan (US$331) from the offering collection box, and a notebook computer, a projector, a camera, a stereo system, and 17 video tapes, all of which were used in the illegal activities of preaching and teaching the Bible.”

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