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ICC Note: Christian bookstores in China remain few and far between, despite the estimated 120 million Christians in the country. The Communist Party still tightly controls what literature is distributed and Christian bookstores that are allowed to exist are monitored and must often operate very carefully. ICC met with one house church pastor and Christian bookstore founder whose wife was serving two years in prison for her work publishing Christian literature in China. In the Enyu bookstore case a recent discovery revealed that after raiding the store and arresting Christians involved in the shop, authorities re-sold the confiscated literature for a profit. 
8/27/2013 China (ChinaAid) – Thousands of Christian books, determined to be key evidence in the pending Enyu bookstore case, recently appeared on shelves in Nangong Second-hand Book Market in the city of Taiyuan. The individuals who purchased these books found a tell-tale oval signet in them—the signet used by the Enyu bookstore.
The books represent the sum of evidence that the government used to prosecute bookstore managers Ren Lacheng and Li Wenxi. The case is presently pending in the Intermediate Court of Taiyuan. However, it appears that the government intended to turn a profit by selling the seized merchandise. Despite this being a common practice, the occurrence sparked a heated debate on the Internet when the news broke on Aug. 19, 2013.
Individuals familiar with the Enyu bookstore said it was customary for Enyu to print its signet in each book to be sold. These individuals claimed that the shape and wording of the symbol matched Enyu’s exactly. In the short time since the bookstore opened its doors, it has been disturbed by more than 10 government agencies. As a result, the bookstore rarely sells large quantities of books at the same time. Because so many books were being sold in the same place at the same time, it seemed obvious to those individuals familiar with Enyu that these were the books that had been seized by police and the Culture Bureau in Taiyuan in 2012.
Enyu bookstore after being raided.
The case originally began on March 28, 2012 when dozens of workers from seven different government agencies, including the Culture Bureau, Religious Affairs Bureau, and the local police, raided the Enyu bookstore. The workers seized all books, other articles not for sale, computers, documents, bank cards and more. The Public Security Bureau and Culture Bureau came again to the bookstore on June 2, 2012, and seized the bookstore’s sales permit and all the Bibles in the warehouse. Public Security Bureau officers called Li and told him they could send the seized books back on Nov. 18, 2012.
When Li traveled to Taiyuan to collect the books, Public Security Bureau officials abducted him and to this day, still have not sent his family an arrest notice. The same day, the leader of a house church in Taiyuan was also arrested by the Public Security Bureau and has been out of contact since. These acts on the part of the Taiyuan government are a sign of a long-term persecution campaign against underground Christian movements. Some workers dealing with this persecution campaign said it was the largest they had seen. All of these events aimed at persecuting the church are collectively referred to at the March 28 Enyu case.

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