|A Xunsiding Church’s gathering was raided.
(Xiamen, Fujian—Aug. 20, 2020) Mothers from a church in Xiamen, Fujian Province, gathered to share parenting advice on Aug. 12. Local officials then raided the gathering without a warrant.
At 10 a.m., more than 10 mothers gathered at a Christian home to share their experiences. While they were meeting, the local police and civil affairs bureau personnel interrupted them.
Even though they did not show any warrants, the authorities broke into and searched the church member’s home. Some of the mothers began recording the encounter on their cell phones, but police quickly interfered.
The police then disbanded the meeting and took the mothers to the police station. The mothers were not released until the afternoon.
One mother questioned the legality of the officials’ actions. A police officer replied, “Don’t you understand the difference between theory and practice?”
According to Chinese law enforcement instruction, Chinese officers should not prohibit citizens from recording their actions.