Communist China's police state may be loved the NY Times Tom Friedman and NASA's James Hansen, but it is not suitable for ordinary humanity.
4/24/11, "China detains Protestant Shouwang devotees," BBC
"At least 20 Chinese Protestants have been detained as they tried to gather for an
- Easter service in Beijing.
The worshippers, from the Shouwang church, were trying to hold an outdoor service because they are
- prevented from using their own premises.
Police have recently arrested dozens of people from the church.
The authorities have also been carrying out a wider suppression of dissent - harassing foreign reporters and detaining lawyers and activists....
There are an estimated 70 millionM Christians in the country, about 20 million of whom attend government-approved churches.
- The rest worship with unregistered groups known as "house" churches....
The BBC's Damian Grammaticas in Beijing says police personnel were on every street corner in the area where the worshippers were due to meet on Sunday morning.
He says the authorities rounded up anyone suspected of being a member of the Shouwang church and loaded them on to buses to be
- driven to police stations."...
Arrests are ongoing in April. A NY Times photographer was even briefly detained. Communist Chinese authorities cut off cell phone networks.
4/11/11, "China detains Christian worshippers," News.com.au
"CHINESE security forces detained dozens of worshipers from an underground Protestant church.
- The group had organised an outdoor service on Sunday in the capital Beijing.
The New York Times said dozens of people were herded onto buses while leaders of the church were prevented from leaving their homes. A photographer from the newspaper was briefly detained.
Christian rights group ChinaAid said more than 100 worshipers were detained and two dozen church leaders forced to stay in their homes. It said police cut off cell phone networks in the district where the service was due to take place, and more than 1,000 worshippers attended.
The worshipers were from the Shouwang Church, one of China's biggest underground congregations which was last week evicted from its rented church, The Times reported."...
4/24/11, "China detains church members at Easter services," NY Times, Andrew Jacobs
"Founded 18 years ago in a private home, Shouwang insists that it has no political agenda and seeks only government forbearance that would allow it to occupy the $4 million space it bought in 2009. Church leaders say the owner of the space, under pressure from the authorities, has refused to hand over the keys. Last week, a Foreign Ministry spokesman defended the government’s stance, saying that Shouwang had “no legal basis” to operate."...
- "Here's what he blogged on Nov. 24:
"I have the impression that Chinese leadership takes a long view, perhaps because of the long history of their culture, in contrast to the West
- with its short election cycles.
Has this guy ever heard of the Gang of Four? Or the Cultural Revolution, which killed those who were inconvenient?"...