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12/13/2011 China (ChinaAid) – In a historic first, 11 members of a house church in Tibet were criminally detained and held for nearly a month before being released, ChinaAid has learned.
The 11 Christians, led by Brother Song Kuanxin from Zhumadian in Henan province, were taken in by Lhasa police in the days before and after China’s National Day on October 1. This is believed to be the first time that authorities in Tibet have moved against house church Christians.
Police took Song into custody on Oct. 5, and on Oct. 7, he received official notification that he was being criminally detained “on suspicion of [being part of a] cult group.” He was held with convicted felons, and was later notified that his detention was being extended to 30 days for “committing crimes everywhere.” While Song was in detention, police officers blasphemed and insulted his faith and repeatedly beat him.
On Nov. 11, after being forced to write a guarantee, Song was released early. However, he was told that all the belongings that police had confiscated from his home, including two laptops, were considered tools for his criminal activities and had been destroyed.

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