Peste 100 de crestini, inclusiv copii, arestati intr-o biserica din China

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O biserica din China Photo credit Christianpost.com/

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Peste 100 de crestini, inclusiv copii, au fost arestati duminica in timpul unui raid major la o biserica la casa,  in orasul Foshan din Provincia Guangdong, China. Aproape 200 de politisti au asaltat cladirea in timpul serviciului divin, au declarat martorii oculari, considerat a fi o represiune la scara larga impotriva crestinilor din acea tara.

,,Noi nu stim exact de ce au facut o razie in biserica noastra,” a spus un credincios local grupului de monitorizare Concernul International Crestin (CIC), care tine evidenta valului de persecutie in crestere in China. ,,Guvernul nu vrea ca noi sa ne adunam impreuna si sa ne inchinam laolalta ca biserica.”

Inchinatorii de acolo au spus ca biserica a fost asaltata fara nici un fel de avertizare, si politia a lasat in urma doar un anunt care afirma ca oamenii au fost retinuti pentru o ,,intrunire ilegala.” Este raportat ca mai mult de treizeci de enoriasi sunt inca sub arest.

,,Este de necrezut faptul ca autoritatile locale au arestat peste 100 de membri din biserica, inclusiv copii, in orasul Foshan. Cu toate ca cei mai multi oameni au fost eliberati, experienta acestora a fost traumatizanta,” a spus Soooyoung Kim, Managerul Regional pentru Asia de Sud-est de la organizatia CIC.

,,Organizatia Concernul International Crestin cere autoritatilor locale din  Provincia Guangdong sa respecte drepturile cetatenilor de libertate religioasa, pe care guvernul din China spune ca il respecta, si sa-i elibereze pe acesti crestini nevinovati in cel mai scurt timp posibil.”

Biserica Muntele Olivet are peste 20 de ani de istorie si are aproape la 170 de membri, a adaugat CIC.

In China sunt legale numai bisericile aprobate de guvern, iar toate bisericile de casa sunt considerate ,,intruniri ilegale.” Dar si asa, un numar de biserici autorizate de guvern, au fost tinta unor raiduri (din partea guvernului) in lunile recente, la care oficialii au explicat ca  au ,,eliminat sau modoficat constructiile ilegale.”

O congregatie crestina din orasul Wenzhou din sud-estul Chinei, a ajuns pe prima pagina a ziarelor pentru ca nu s-au dat batuti de politia de anti-debandada, in efortul lor de a salva crucea bisericii de la distrugere. Membrii Bisericii Mantuirea au aparat crucea timp de mai mult de doua luni de zile, tinand nopti de veghe, cu imagini de video capturand ciocnirile cu politia in mai multe randuri.

,,Ceea ce face aici guvernul este foarte barbaric,” a spus la CNN, Che Zhi’ai, un lider din biserica locala.

In luna Iulie, un proeminent lider chinez a fost condamnat la 12 ani de inchisoare sub presupunerea ca a adunat multimile ,,ca sa tulbure ordinea publica.” Alte grupuri de monitorizare au numit trimiterea in inchisoare a Pastorului Zhang Shaojie ca o dovada in plus a incercarii Chinei de a incerca sa tina inapoi cresterea crestinismului.

Acest caz arata ca guvernul chinez continua sa acopere persecutiile religioase cu acuzatii penale fabricate impotriva unui lider bisericesc nevinovat,” a spus  in acel moment Bob Fu, seful Organizatiei Ajutor pentru China.

 ENGLISH:

Over 100 Christians, including children, were arrested during a major house church raid on Sunday in Foshan city in China’s Guangdong Province. Close to 200 police officers stormed in during the service, eyewitnesses said, believed to be part of a large-scale crackdown on Christians in the country.

„We don’t know exactly why they raided our church,” a local believer told watchdog group International Christian Concern, which has been keeping track of the rising tide of persecution in China. „The government does not want us to get together and worship as a church.” Worshipers said that the church was raided without any warning, and that police only left behind a notice stating that people were detained for an „illegal gathering.” More than 30 parishioners reportedly still remain in custody.

„It is unbelievable that local authorities arrested over 100 church members, including children, in Foshan city. Even though most people have been released, the experience has been traumatizing,” said ICC’s Regional Manager for Southeast Asia, Sooyoung Kim.”ICC urges local authorities in Guangdong Province to respect its citizens’ rights to religious freedom, that the government of China says are upheld, and free these innocent Christians as soon as possible.”

The Mount Olivet Church has over 20 years of history and has close to 170 members, ICC added. Only government-approved churches are legal in China, with all house churches considered „illegal gatherings.” But even a number of officially sanctioned churches have been targeted by the government in recent months, with officials explaining that they have been „removing or modifying illegal constructions.”

A Christian congregation in the southeast city of Wenzhou has made headlines for fighting back against riot police in an effort to save their church cross from destruction. Members of the Salvation Church have defended the cross for over two months, hosting all night prayer vigils, with video footage capturing the clashes on a number of occasions.

„What the government here is doing is so barbaric,” local church leader Chen Zhi’ai told CNN. In July, a prominent Chinese leader was sentenced to 12 years in prison, supposedly for gathering crowds „to disturb public order.” Other watchdog groups have called pastor Zhang Shaojie’s imprisonment further evidence of China’s attempt to hold back the growth of Christianity.  „This case shows the Chinese government continues to cover up religious persecution with fabricated criminal charges against an innocent church leader,” China Aid head Bob Fu said at the time.

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