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(Compass) – Last Sunday evening, Eritrean security police arrested 16 Protestants for watching a Christian video together in the town of Adi-Kibe . The 16 members of Kale Hiwot Church were put under custody at the local police station. On Monday, two older women in the group were released after paying fines, but the other 14 remain jailed, although no official charges have been filed against them. The small nation in northeast Africa was added to the U.S. State Department’s list of “countries of particular concern” last September for its flagrant violations of religious freedom. Eritrean officials categorically deny ever-increasing reports of the harsh government crackdown underway against Protestant churches.