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ICC Note: Police have raided two more house churches in the Northwestern province of Xinjiang. With the additional raid of a Bible study in the same province last month, it brings the total to three police raids on Christian gatherings in less than two months. In China it remains illegal for anyone to worship outside of the state controlled official churches, leaving many millions of Christians who refuse to have messages and pastors chosen by the Communist party to worship in illegal gatherings. The recent spate of raids in Xinjiang is a clear indication that authorities in certain parts of China remain adamantly opposed to the operation of these gatherings. 
7/22/2013 China (ChinaAid) – China Aid has learned of two more police raids on house churches in Xinjiang.
The first occurred on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Brother Tan Wen, who lives on Aletai Road in the Shayibake District of Urumqi, was leading a worship service at a friend’s house with many elderly people in attendance. During the service, three men and two women broke into the house and shouted loudly: “Yours is an illegal assembly and all of you must stay still.” Because the disruptive newcomers were not wearing uniforms and did not show official identification, some of the worshippers feared initially that they were being robbed.
Although the police officer refused to provide any identification themselves, they interrogated the worshippers for more than an hour, threatening to take the young people to the police station for further questioning. When the worshippers demanded to see official identification, one of the officers stated that those who raid illegal Christian gatherings do not need to show identification. Eventually, the police took Tan Wen to the local police station, where they determined that the worship service was an “illegal gathering” and sentenced Tan Wen to 10 days of public security detention and fined him 500 yuan.
The second raid occurred on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Sister Lu Xia, who lives at 27 Cangsonger Lane in the Shayibake District of Urumqi, attended a house church gathering at 26 Xisi Lane, East Cangfanggou Road. Officers from the Shayibake District Branch of Urumqi Municipal Public Security Bureau broke in during the meeting and, without showing identification, took Lu away. She was sentenced to five days administrative detention.
Also, as China Aid reported yesterday, sister Zhu Jinfeng of Urumqi hosted a Bible study at her home on Sunday. During the study, her home was raided by the local Public Security Bureau and other agencies, and she was fined 500 yuan.

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