Large Number of Christians Arrested in Henan and Shandong

China Aid Association
(HENAN and SHANDONG — December 4, 2008) ChinaAid has learned that a large number of house church Christians have been arrested in both Henan and Shandong provinces.
On December 3, Tai Kang county, Henan province, more than 50 house church Christians gathered in the home. The local police suddenly broke into the home and arrested all of them. So far, none have been released.

On December 2, more than 50 house church Christians gathered for fellowship in Xiji town, Zaozhuang city, Shandong province. They were surrounded by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers. More than 20 Christian leaders were arrested. PSB officers claimed that as long as 2,500 yuan per person was paid, the Christians could be released immediately.
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UPDATE: December 10, 2008, HENAN — Of the more than 50 arrested in Tai Kang county, Henan province arrest on December 3, ChinaAid has confirmed that about 20 were sentenced to 15 days of administrative detention and a 1,000 yuan fine. They were accused of being a “Shouter evil cult.” However, all of the arrested are members of a mainstream house church group called China Gospel Fellowship.

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