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Pastor Bike Detained in Inner Mongolia, Then Released After International Pressure

ICC Note:

Pastor Bike was detained (again) in Inner Mongolia on December 21. Waiting for a ride to go visit and preach to persecuted believers, the pastor was forced into a car by plainclothes Public Security Bureau officers and detained on charges of “operating an illegal organization for religious activities.” Fortunately, he was released the next day when reporters and supporters around the world responded to a call from ChinaAid to pressure the government for his release.

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12/22/08 China (ChinaAid) Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan was detained in Wulanhaote city, Inner Mongolia at 10:30 a.m. on December 21, 2008 (Beijing time) while waiting for local believers to pick him up to preach and visit persecuted believers.

A group of plainclothes Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers forced him into a car and drove him to Wulanhaote City PSB station for interrogation. Pastor Bike was then sentenced to 15 days administrative detention for “operating an illegal organization for religious activities.”

After ChinaAid issued an urgent report on ChinaAid’s Chinese website, many reporters and people around the world made phone calls to the city of Wulanhaote. The international attention pressured the city government to release him at around 6 p.m. on December 22 (Beijing time).

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