January 2, 2007
China Aid Association learns that a Christmas celebration
activity held by a house church in Duolun County, Inner
Mongolia, was attacked by the local police, three church leaders
are being detained.
On December 29, 2006, about thirty policemen and the staff of
the local Religious Affair Bureau in five vehicles attacked a
Christmas celebration gathering in Duolun County, Inner
Mongolia. They declared the celebration as "illegal gathering,"
and three church leaders were detained and sentenced to 15 days
This is the second celebration activity held by the church
during Christmas. The three detained Christians are: Sister Liu
Guanghua, 42 years old; Sister Zhi Huiping, 41 years old; and
Sister Zhi Ruiping, 35 years old. All of them are being held at
Duolun County Detention Centre.
CAA also learns that brother Lou Yuanqi, a house church leader
in Xinjiang, who was rearrested December 23, 2006, was allowed
to be bailed pending trial December 29, 2006. It is believed
that the arrest is to deter the Christians from holding any
"To attack and arrest peaceful Christians during Christmas
season is contrary to both the spirit of Christmas and the
Chinese law," said Bob Fu, the president of CAA. "We urge the
Chinese government to release the three innocent church leaders
CONTACT: Bob Fu, China Aid Association, Inc., 267-205-5210,