Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) – Police yesterday arrested 20 more members of the Christian Shouwang church, when they tried to pray together in an outdoor square in Beijing. There is an ongoing harsh repression against members of the ‘house’ churches in the country, with arrests of leaders and persecution against the followers.
Shouwang’s faithful have gathered in the public square to pray every Sunday, since April 10, after the authorities threw them out of rented premises where they had been meeting. In recent years, on other occasions the police moved them on from premises and believers had been forced to pray on the streets. This time the police every Sunday, including Easter, have arrested all those who pray in the streets, including children as young as a few years old and the elderly over 70 years.