fredag 23. april 2021

Police in China's Chengdu Detain Children in Early Rain Church Rai

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan have made another raid on the Early Rain Covenant Church in the provincial capital, Chengdu, RFA has learned. Seven church members and 12 children were taken away by police following a raid on a study session run by the church at around 10.30 a.m. local time on Wednesday. All 19 were taken to the local police station for questioning, church member Joseph Pan told RFA in an interview on Thursday.

"Police from the Yongningjie police station in Wenjiang district took a group of children of church members to the police station, where they held them in the absence of their parents," Pan said. "These actions on the part of the police were in serious contravention of the Chinese constitution," he said. Chinese law requires the parents of minors to be present for police to detain them. "In raiding and persecuting house churches and Protestant believers, the police and other municipal departments have plummeted to a new moral low," he said.