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Sanggu Church in Henan Province Banned for Second Time by Local Government

ICC Note:

Two Christian leaders who were guarding their church building from destruction were arrested on August 13. The leaders, in rotation with other believers, have been guarding the church around the clock since May 26.

8/14/09 China (ChinaAid) On August 13 at 8:00 p.m. (Beijing time), two Laojie Christian Church leaders were guarding their church building in Sandong village, Sanggu town, Xiayi county of Shangqiu in Henan province when they were arrested by authorities. At the time of this press release, Li Guangren and Zheng Xiancai were still being detained by the Public Security Bureau of Xiayi County.

The arrests are the latest in a series of incidents in which authorities have attempted to confiscate the church building by force. Laojie Christian Church is an unregistered house church with more than 200 believers, and has been meeting at their current location since April 1987. Recently village officials began working with real estate developers to build a highway that would go through the location of the church property.

On August 6, 2009 the Bureau of Religious and Ethnic Affairs in Xiayi County issued a second notice officially banning Laojie Christian Church in Sangdong village, Sanggu town, Xiayi county of Shangqiu in Henan province.

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