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ICC Note: On June 10, police raided the Bible Reformed Church in Guangzhou, Guangdong province in China and briefly detained pastor Huang Xiaoning and three other churchgoers. Police and plainclothes demanded the church to shut down service calling it illegal, though pastor Huang said that they had not violated any laws.

06/14/2018 China (China Aid) – A small house church in China’s southern Guangdong province was raided in the middle of a service on Sunday, detaining church pastor Huang Xiaoning and three other attendees.

Huang was in the middle of a sermon when officials from the local police station and neighborhood committee broke into Bible Reformed Church, located in Guangzhou, Guangdong, and demanded that he halt the gathering. In reply, Huang said that they had not violated any laws.

The authorities videotaped the church members, took pictures of them, and then detained Huang, a Christian named Wang Chuanjun, and two others working in the church’s kitchen. Once in custody, they faced hours-long interrogation before being released that night.

According to a Christian woman surnamed Li, the church has been harrassed many times before.

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