Chinese Authorities Detain Pastor & 200 Christians to Prevent Service Commemorating Victims of 2008 Earthquake That Left 70,000 Dead

A Christian pastor was detained while worshipers were prevented from holding a service in Chengdu, China, in memory of the 70,000 or so people who died in the major 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

The New York Times reported that Communist authorities raided outspoken Protestant pastor Wang Yi and his Autumn Rain Blessing Church on Friday night, shutting down a service for the victims that was due to take place the following day.

Police took away hundreds of people who still showed up on Saturday for the planned service, also using trucks to remove publications belonging to the church.

“Today, more than 200 brothers and sisters were taken away by the police, and three still have not been released,” Wang told members of his congregation over the phone.

Officials are said to be looking to “stifle any unapproved commemorations” for the tragedy, which could potentially stir questions about why so many new buildings and schools collapsed in the 7.9-magnitude quake that hit southwest China on May 12, 2008.

Parents who have questioned the government and demanded that a fuller account be given as to why children’s schools collapsed have been targeted with surveillance, warnings and detentions.

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Source: Christian Post