Police Violently Arrest Chinese Christians, Drag Churchgoers Out Door

(Reuters)

Violence erupted at a church in Xiamen, Fujian province when officials burst into a service, according to China Aid.

In a video taken at the scene, officers and attendees of Xingguang Church shouted as they engaged in a physical altercation. China Aid reports that as they blocked the entrance, officials dragged a Christian to the door, with other congregants fighting along with him. One of the Christians was beaten and had to seek medical treatment. He also filed a police report.

Church Raid in Fujian Province

Meanwhile, the previous weekend, China Aid reports police summoned Christians from Sichuan province's Early Rain Covenant Church.

A Christian, who did not want to reveal her name, told China Aid the police brought in Christians in charge of church activities and online services. They demanded the Christians stop their ongoing church projects and holding online services.

The informant also noted the police have only summoned Christians during the church's online services. This indicates the police are still monitoring the church's actions.

In addition, one of the church's members, Ran Yunfei, was brought to the police station on Friday. Ran was scheduled to give a testimony during one of the services, forcing it to change its agenda at the last minute. After the service ended, Ran was escorted home.

Peter Wooding is senior editor at Assist News Service and an award-winning radio, TV and print journalist. Peter has worked as news editor at UCB Radio in the U.K. and has reported from countries around the world, including Israel, India, Russia, Serbia, South Sudan, Ukraine and Mozambique. Continuing his father Dan's legacy, Peter now leads the global expansion of ANS. He is also the London bureau chief for the Global News Alliance, media and PR officer for Leading The Way UK and UK director for Mercy Projects. Peter lives in North Wales, U.K., with his wife, Sharon, and their three daughters, Sarah, Anna and Abigail.

This article originally appeared at Assist News.

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