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WND – Myanmar’s repressive government has cracked down on Christian churches in recent weeks, closing 28 houses of worship after residents had converted from Buddhism in large numbers. According to Voice of the Martyrs sources working in the Asian nation formerly known as Burma, the action is taking place in the Mandalay area. The closed fellowships were “unofficial” evangelical churches that did not belong to mainline denominations. Sources said military officials forced pastors to sign documents saying they would stop holding Christian meetings. According to the report, the pastors have begun a 40-day fast during which they will consume only juice and water while they pray for God’s intervention. In Yangon, the capital city, 17 churches reportedly have been closed, a Bible school has been closed and one pastor has been arrested. The crackdown there appears to relate to a group of Korean Christians that had been on a “prayer walk” in the city. In Tamu township, near the Myanmar border with Thailand, an evangelical church that was building a new building has been ordered to stop work. Another church in the same village was also ordered to stop work on a building restoration, even though the village is nearly 100 percent Christian. The surrounding villages are Buddhist, and sources say the local government does not want to see increased Christian activity in the area. The military has ruled Myanmar since 1962. A so-called “seven-step roadmap to democracy” was announced two years ago, but little progress toward freedom has been realized.