11 Children Arrested in Xinjiang for Attending Religious Study
China continues to crack down on house churches as 11 children and two adults were arrested yesterday evening (February, 28) in Xinjiang for attending a House Church Bible Study. Another pastor in Beijing was detained for six hours on Wednesday. And, in an update on the 40 church leaders detained on February 20, China Aid has reported that all were released on the 21st, including one South Korean missionary.
2/28/08 China (ChinaAid) CAA has learned that 11 minors and 2 adults have been detained by Xinjiang PSB officials while attending a House Church Bible Study in Huocheng County, Qingshuihe township. At 9:00pm on Febuary 28, 2008 (Beijing Time), PSB officials disrupted the gathering and detained the minors along with Ms. Fu Jun 41, owner of the house, and Ms. Lu Lanxiang-42. The children, ages 16-17, were brought to the Qingshuihe township PSB office in freezing weather and were not allowed to bring adequate clothing.
Sources close to CAA say that 16 year old Lou Nan, daughter of pastor Lou Yuanqi, who pastors the house church, is one of the detained.
Pastor Lou was detained on October 20, 2006, along with 3 other pastors for organizing the House Church. All 4 pastors served 32 days in detention where they were severely beaten by guards and inmates daily.
CAA also learned that on Febuary 27, Beijing House Church leader pastor Cai Zhuohua was detained for 6 hours at Tiantongyuan PSB office of Changping District, Beijing. Pastor Cai went to the PSB office to register his sons residence card at 11am and then the PSB officers abruptedly detained him for the so-called suspicion of making false documents although all the documents pastor Cai brought are issued by the Chinese government agencies.
In another case in Inner Mongolia where 40 church leaders were arrested on Febuary 20, CAA learned all were released on Febuary 21 including one missionary from South Korea. Pastor Wang Dawei, the president of Chinese House Church Alliance , Inner Mongolia branch was asked to pay 100,000yuan ($13,000) for being accused of illegal bible printing.