Chinese Church Protests Against Arrest of 23 Members
A church in eastern China has written a letter to the Chinese government, demanding permission to stage a protest against the detention of 23 members of its congregation.
The Nanle County Church in Puyang, Henan province, which comes under the ‚Äúofficial‚ÄĚ state-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), claims the majority of those detained, including the church‚Äôs leader, Fan Ruiling, ‚Äúhave not received a criminal charge, nor any written notice, nor have their families been told where they are detained.‚ÄĚ
Four other church leaders‚ÄĒZhang Shaojie, Zhao Guoli, Wu Guishan and Zhang Cuixia‚ÄĒwere arrested. The church says their whereabouts are ‚Äúunknown and no one knows whether they are alive or dead.‚ÄĚ...