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Vice-principal demoted over Bible study session

ICC Note: Another incident of the Chinese government restricting religious freedom

3/2/07 China For full story…(Jamaica Gleaner) Geng Sude, a Protestant, was told on that she was being stripped of her party membership and of her title of vice-principal of the Party School in Baoding , a city in Hebei province neighboring Beijing .

“I did not break the law. I did not say anything anti-government or anti-China,” Geng told Reuters. She vowed to appeal to provincial party authorities.

She retains her professorship in philosophy, but it was unclear whether the school would give her any classes to teach.

About 100 police stormed the 10th-floor auditorium of the Party School in Baoding on January 1 and broke up the Bible study session that she had organized.

About 50 Christian attendees, including lawyers, professors, authors, journalists and artists, were detained and questioned by police for hours and their belongings searched.