Pastor Arrested During Government Crackdown

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A Chinese pastor, one of several in recent months to be arrested in a massive government crackdown on Christians, said that he is “grateful” to God for giving him the opportunity to go to jail. Forty-year-old Huang Yizi is facing up to seven years in prison for speaking out against the government’s demolitions of churches.

Huang was placed under arrest in August, The Telegraph reported on Monday, and was taken from his home in front of his wife and two children. He was charged with “gathering crowds to disturb social order.”

A similar charge has been used to arrest other pastors, including Zhang Shaojie, in the wake of Chinese government officials ordering the demolition of a number of churches.

“He seems well. He is grateful that God has given him the chance to serve time in the detention centre,” Beijing-based rights lawyer Zhang Kai said about Huang. The pastor is currently awaiting trial in the city of Wenzhou.

Zhang said that he believes his client is innocent of the wrongdoings he is accused of by the Chinese government.

“As a defense lawyer and judging from the evidence so far I don’t think Huang’s actions constituted any crime. Personally, I believe Huang’s arrest is directly related to the general crackdown on churches in Zhejiang.”

Huang had made a number of pointed remarks against the state, and had accused police forces of violently beating up members of a Wenzhou congregation that had been trying to protect a church’s cross from demolition.

In one major crackdown in September, over 100 Christians, including children, were arrested in Foshan city in China’s Guangdong Province. Close to 200 police officers were said to have stormed in during a service conducted in a house church, with worshipers calling it an effort to stop people from gathering and worshiping.

Members of the congregation revealed that the raid came without any warning, and that the police only left behind a notice explaining that people were arrested for an “illegal gathering…Read More

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