Fourth Sunday in a row, police arrest Shouwang Christians for praying
More than 30 followers of the Protestant Church of Shouwang have been jailed and dozens more are under house arrest in Beijing yesterday. The faithful sought to meet to pray in the streets of the shopping area of Zhongguancun, despite a ban by the authorities.
For four weeks the faithful of Shouwang house Church, one of the most influential country with over 1,000 members, have been gathering on the streets to pray, after the authorities evicted them from the premises they used. Since 1993, the faithful have been sent away from their places of worship at least 20 times and have always gathered to pray in the streets, waiting to find other premises. This time, however, for 4 Sundays they have been prevented, with police arresting the faithful as they arrive and keeping them in jail for a night or two.
Yesterday, the police also blocked access to the area to 3 Al-Jazeera journalists, taking away...