Sunday, August 5, 2012

Two Chinese House Churches Persecuted, Three Sunday School Teachers Detained

07/31/2012 China (ChinaAid) - China Aid Association learned that the Xinjiang Hetian Church suffered yet another instance of persecution. Brother Zhong Shuguang and a female believer were arrested and charged with illegally gathering; they could be held for 15 days. In addition, the Sunday School summer camp of a house church at Urumqi, Xinjiang was raided. Teachers and students were taken to the police station and subjected to physical abuse.

On the morning of July 24, 2012, a Sunday School summer camp was being held for 28 children at the home of Sunday School teacher Bao Yun (which is located at Sandaoba, Midong District, Urumqi, Xinjiang), when seven to eight people broke into her home. The intruders refused to identify themselves, but forcefully barred the door preventing exit, and took photos of those present. The three female Sunday School teachers (Bao Yun, Wang Xinxin, and Luo Qinqin, asked the intruders to stop taking pictures and leave, but the intruders summoned a larger group of people including police from the local Yangmaogong police station, and agents from the branch office and municipal office of the Domestic Security Protection Department. The large group forced their way into Bao Yun’s home and encircled the children and the elderly people of the household, proclaiming that this was an illegal gathering.

The group took the 28 students (mainly junior high school students, 14 to 17 years of age), three Sunday School teachers, and Bao Yun’s husband Chen (also a believer), by force to the Yangmaogong police station. Children who refused to go to the police station were violently drug off into police vehicles. Some children were injured from being drug on the ground and/or being beaten. Bao Yun’s mother fainted from being violently drug, pushed, and pulled. She was sent to a local hospital and only woke up after a few hours of emergency treatment.

According to neighbors, after the Sunday School teachers, students, and Bao Yun’s husband and mother were violently taken away, a group of plainclothes police (reportedly from the municipal Domestic Security Protection Department)broke into Bao Yun’s home through windows and confiscated computers, Christian books, and other items. Yangmaogong police station later produced a list of confiscated items. Bao Yun’s husband Chen was held and interrogated from noon until 11:00pm before he was finally released. When he returned home he found that the electricity had been cut off, and the home was in complete darkness. Some students were held and interrogated until 2:00 or 3:00am on July 25th before being released.

Later on July 25th, Chen checked the list of confiscated items produced by the police station, and found that the police had omitted any mention of gold rings and glasses which had been taken and were worth 2,000 yuan. After the three Sunday School teachers including Bao Yun had been held for more than 24 hours, Chen inquired at the police station and learned that they had been transferred to the Liudaowan detention center. As of July 28th the three teachers were still being held, but the police and detention center did not provide any legal notification such as notice of administrative detention, or notice of criminal detention(Source).

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