Thursday, August 18, 2005

Rights group: 5 U.S. church workers detained in China

SHANGHAI: Authorities in northern China detained five American church workers in raids on unofficial Protestant church groups, a U.S.-based monitoring group said Thursday.
Four Americans, including a married couple, were held after authorities broke up a Christian fellowship service Monday in Luoyang in Henan province, about 460 miles southwest of Beijing, the China Aid Association said.
Police also detained 27 Chinese citizens in the raid.
Another American was detained by plainclothes officers while walking in the nearby city of Yichuan, said Wan Dagan, a pastor in the unofficial church whose comments were in a news release from the Texas-based group.
The group said the Americans apparently were traveling together, but it said it did not have their names. A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said officials were checking the report......


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