Pregnant Woman, 11 Children Among Latest Arrested in Massive Chinese Church Crackdown

Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for a meeting ahead of National People's Congress (NPC), China's annual session of parliament, in Beijing, China.
Military delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People for a meeting ahead of National People's Congress (NPC), China's annual session of parliament, in Beijing, China. (REUTERS/Aly Song)

The Chinese government has continued its brutal crackdown on one of the country's largest churches. Authorities arrested an additional 44 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church at two venues Feb. 24, including 11 children.

Multiple reports confirmed one of those arrested was just two months old. According to China Aid, pregnant women were also arrested, and Senior Pastor Wang Yi's own 74-year-old mother was beaten by police. The group was detained at Chengdu Police Station and had their cell phones taken off them.

During their period of detention, the group was not given any access to food and many of them were not released until the early hours of the morning.

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