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Seminarians in China’s Hebai provence went on strick to protest the government’s intervening.

11/24/2010 China (UCANews) – About 100 seminarians in China’s northern Hebei province are on strike in protest over the government appointing an official as their deputy rector.

They say they fear he will intervene on the management of the seminary.

The seminary has had a religious official as political teacher in past years, but this is the first time for an official to hold a management post.

The dispute at the Shijiazhuang-based Hebei Catholic Theological and Philosophical Seminary began almost  two weeks ago.

During a visit to the seminary on Nov. 11, officials of the Hebei Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau announced that their section chief, Tang Zhaojun, would become the deputy rector and a teacher for a political class.

As officials returned on Nov. 17 to negotiate with the seminary’s management, the seminarians marched in the courtyard, chanting slogans such as “We want to go to class” and “Hold a board meeting.”

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