Friday, September 25, 2020

China: 50 Christians Arrested in Raid on House Church

The following is an unedited press release from International Christian Concern (ICC). Please check out their website at www.persecution.org for more on the persecution and genocide of Christians around the world.

Fifty Chinese Christians Arrested in Raid on House Church 

09/25/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – China’s Public Security Bureau of Nanbu deployed over 30 police officers to raid an underground Protestant house church, known as Sola Fide. When police arrived on the scene, they arrested 50 Sola Fide members.

Police tore down crosses, Christian symbols, and destroyed hymnbooks and Bibles. The church’s sound system, air conditioning, and music equipment was also confiscated.

According to Christian persecution watchdog Bitter Winter, “Residents in the neighborhood recounted that two days before the raid, four plainclothes police officers were seen outside the venue. According to a young man from the area, officers were spotted at 4 a.m. on the day of the raid.”

Since the raid, police have released a few church members, but not Sola Fide’s pastor. For those released, police still surveil their movements through fingerprint tracking, video surveillance, and plain-clothed police officers following them. Two other churches experienced similar harassment in the months that followed. 

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