Christians arrested in China
Dozens of Chinese Christians were arrested yesterday when police prevented an evangelical Protestant church from holding its Easter service, as the state continued its attack on protests against one-party rule.
Security forces clashed with followers of a growing underground Protestant movement that was blocked from moving into a new meeting hall near Beijing, leading to three weeks of confrontation with the communist authorities.
Worshippers from the Shouwang church were taken away in buses, some defiantly singing hymns.
Church leaders had issued a "fire and brimstone" cry for the congregation to worship outside the building, even if it meant prosecution.
Activists warn repression could raise support for protests China is seeking to suppress. (© Daily Telegraph, London)