Updated: Violence erupts when officials raid church

A woman locks eyes with the
camera as officials raid a church.
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Updated at 10:20 a.m. on May 4, 2020

(Xiamen, Fujian—May 3, 2020) Violence erupted at a church in Xiamen, Fujian province when officials burst into a service.

In a video taken at the scene, officers and attendees of Xingguang Church shout as they engage in a physical altercation. As they block the entrance, officials drag a Christian to the door, with other congregants fighting along with him.

The Christian men guarding the door were beaten and pinned down. Officers confiscated phones and used brutal force against some Christian women as well.

Xingguang Church’s meeting place is located in a private residence, and neighbors of the location where the service was being held filmed the encounter. Police broke down barriers and dragged brought three people out.

During the proceedings, the officers did not show any warrants. The church was later banned.

At least one of the beaten Christians had to seek medical treatment. He also filed a police report.

More information is forthcoming. A video of the conflict is included below.

Officials’ attack of a church turns violent. Video: Courtesy of Xingguang Church

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