China: Protestant Christians Detained Over Religious Materials


Two Christians remain in detention after being found in possession of religious materials in China’s southern Guangdong province, reported China Aid June 15.

Police initially took three members of the Zhongfu Tongxin Church in Shantou into custody May 30 and later released one. The two remaining are being held because they received a copy of the Bible, said the China-focused Christian human rights organization. It is unknown when the two will be released.

The authorities closed Zhongfu Tongxin Church, an unofficial Protestant church, last August. Officials say it’s members were illegally practicing a religion.

China Aid said this incident is one of many acts of persecution against members of the church since they last year refused to join the government-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement, a grouping of churches that belong to the Chinese Communist Party.

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