Merry Christmas from Santa’s Elves

from: China Reform Monitor No. 611, January 2, 2006 American Foreign Policy Council
Police in northwest China have carried out Christmas raids on
“underground” churches, arresting 12 parish leaders and deliberately
disrupting celebrations, the Agence France Presse reports. On Christmas
Eve, six police officers in Korla city, in the central part of Xinjiang
Province, interrupted a church meeting and ordered 100 worshippers to
go to a government-sanctioned church service instead. At another
church, police declared Christmas mass to be an “illegal religious
gathering” before arresting church leaders and confiscating private

1 Comment »

  1. susana

    January 6, 2006 @ 5:36 pm


    this should get more attention from the press and other human rights groups. When I visited China for the UN Women’s Conference in 1995, this had been going on for quite a while…

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