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China: Police Detain Hong Kong Christians

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Two Hong Kong Christians who run addiction treatment centers in China have been taken into police custody in southern Guangdong province, reports a rights group.

Hong Kong residents, Lin Haixin and his wife (no named provided) were taken by police over the weekend of Nov. 26-27, reports U.S.-based China Aid.

Officials from the public security and religious affairs bureaus reportedly entered the center run by the Gospel Drug Treatment Church and seized computer equipment and religious materials. They also ejected Christians from the premise and banned the church group from holding “illegal religious activities.”

Members of the church group said that they have not heard from or seen the couple since they were taken by the police.

“The church specializes in helping people with addictions, mental health problems, gambling habits, alcoholism, etc., free of charge via the use of Christian rehabilitation centers in Zhaoqing, Guangdong, and Lijiang, Yunnan,” said China Aid.

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