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Organisers of Christian camp detained

HONG KONG (UCAN): Two women were arrested and detained for more than a week during August for organising a Christian summer camp for children in Yining county in the northwest of China.

Zhou Yanhua and Gao Ming, both members of Yining County Church, were charged by police with indoctrinating minors with superstitious beliefs, China Aid reported.

They were arrested on August 4 as they prepared to drive a group of children to the campsite in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Chinese law prohibits religious education for anybody under the age of 18. The regime sees “matters of faith to be dangerous brainwashing from which children must be protected,” the United States of America-based organisation says.

Gao, a seminary student at a government-approved Yanjing Theological Seminary, was detained for 15 days while Zhou was held for 10 days.

The children were taken to a police station where they had to register their identification.

China Aid says that officials called the children’s families and teachers, threatening to dock the teachers’ wages and hamper the children’s educational prospects by refusing to allow them to advance to the next grade.

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