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Detained for religious contraband

HONG KONG (UCAN): Two Christian people remain in detention after being found to be in possession of religious material in the southern Guangdong province of China.

China Aid reported on June 15 that the police initially took three members of the Zhongfu Tongxin Church in Shantou into custody on May 30, but later released one.

The China-focussed human rights organisation said that the remaining two are being held because they accepted a copy of the bible. It is not known if or when the two will be released.

The authorities closed Zhongfu Tongxin Church, an unofficial and unregistered Protestant Church, in August last year. Officials accused its members of practicing religion illegally.

China Aid claims this incident is one of many acts of persecution against the members of the Church since they refused to join the government-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement last year.

The Three-Self Movement is a government body that regulates the activities of Protestant Churches in China in something of the same style as the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association does with the Catholic Church.

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