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Christian Seminar in Beijing Raided by Police

ICC Note: In yet another raid on a house church meeting police in Beijing halted a Christian seminar and recorded the identification of all of the participants. Thankfully no one was arrested, but these types of raids are still all too common across China where Communist Party officials seek to intimidate and harass Christians into joining the government sanctioned "three-self" church. 

3/3/2013 China (ChinaAid) - Leaders and believers of various house churches in Beijing held a joint seminar on Monday of this week so that they could give their opinions on the Cape Town Commitment achieved at the Third Lausanne Congress. However, the seminar was harassed by the Public Security Bureau when a police officer booked by force the ID information of the attendants. The seminar was forced to stop. Besides this, Pastor Jin Tianming of Shouwang Church has been placed under house arrest for over two years and at this time he still does not have the freedom of movement.

Leaders and believers of various house churches in Beijing held a seminar on Cape Town Commitment achieved at the Third Lausanne Congress at a private residence in Wangjing Community in Chaoyang District. There, they were harassed by a police officer from a local police station that got the wind of it. Mr. Chu, one of the Christian organizers at the site, told this radio station that the police officer entered the room by force and booked the ID information of the attendants. “The seminar started at 2 o’clock and at about 4:30, a police officer knocked on the door to check our IDs. At first, we didn’t let him enter, so we continued. He then again knocked on the door. After he entered the residence, we asked him to go to another room. He ordered to book our information (IDs). Teacher Hu Shigen and I went to a room to negotiate with him.

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