Category: Underground Church, China

Chinese police detain 36 in raid on bible school, aid association says

SHANGHAI, China (AP) – Chinese police on Wednesday raided a bible school run by an underground Protestant church, detaining 36 people amid a nationwide crackdown on Christians worshipping outside Communist Party control, an overseas support group said. About 50 officers armed with electric cattle prods and backed by more than 10 police vehicles surrounded the school in the eastern province of Anhui, according to the Texas-based China Aid Association. Those inside, including students, teachers and leaders of the underground church, were taken away in police vans, the group said. The school’s owner, Chu Huaiting, was later arrested at his home,

China arrests eight in crackdown on unofficial churches

Associated Press, Apr. 19, 2003 http://infobrix.– BROKEN URL -/ BEIJING (AP) — Eight members of an underground Christian church in China’s southwest have been charged with violating anti-cult laws, a police official said Thursday. A human rights group that announced the arrests said they were part of a crackdown on unauthorized worship. Twelve members of the church in Yunnan province were detained June 7 for “participating in cult activities,” but four were later released, said the official at the Funing County Detention Center. “The remaining eight face criminal prosecution,” said the offical, who would only give his surname, Lu.

China Accused Of Religious Attacks

AP, Aug. 23, 2002,1280,-1965920,00.html BEIJING (AP) – About 70 Christians have disappeared or been secretly arrested in China in recent months, a group of Chinese religious activists said Friday. The Christians worshipped in underground or “house” churches that operate outside the communist government’s control, said the New York-based Committee for Investigation on Persecution of Religion in China. The group said the crackdown came as China prepares for the Communist Party’s national congress, a major meeting of China’s leaders that takes place about once every five years. Authorities usually arrest political and religious activists and others who might embarrass the

‘Faith is very important,’ but dangerous

China’s crackdown on religion won’t stop minister’s mission National Post (Canada), Aug. 25, 2002 Peter Goodspeed HONG KONG – Rev. Philip Woo is planning to break the law in China today. The shy, gentle Lutheran minister, who runs Hong Kong’s Chinese Evangelical Ministry, intends to travel to flood-ravaged villages in China’s central province of Hunan with a donation of 10,000 pounds of rice. Along the way, he will also secretly visit a series of illegal underground churches to preach and hold religious services. “It’s dangerous,” he admits with a shrug and soft smile. “But we are doing an important