Chinese authorities have begun a crackdown on “evil cults.” Unfortunately, those who were arrested and accused of being cult members were Christians, the persecution watchdog group China Aid reported.
The arrests were made in October and November, but the exact number of the Christians apprehended by authorities in Yunnan province is not yet known.
“Tu Yan, a woman who began attending churches in Yunnan after she moved there for work, was returning home from a Christian gathering on Oct. 22 when she was apprehended on suspicion of ‘using a cult organisation to undermine the implementation of the law,'” China Aid said in its latest report.
The woman was apparently released, but was re-arrested a month later on the same charge. Authorities accused her of being the “backbone of evil cults and organising three meetings on behalf of these institutions.”
Her father denied her involvement in any cult activities but to no avail.
Tu disclosed to China Aid that four other church members were arrested on the same charge. Local Christians in the area, however, said as many as 12 people might have been apprehended.
Another eight Christians were also accused of belonging to illegal cults and arrested on Nov. 27 in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, reports said.
Chinese authorities accused the arrested Christians of belonging to a sect based in Taiwan, which China regards as a cult.
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