Underground Church Fined $32,500 in China

Underground Church Fined $32,500 in China

A underground church in China’s southern Guizhou has been fined $32,500 and had its bank accounts frozen in an effort to shut down the church, according to ChinaAid.org. 

According to reports the leaders of the church were arrested on allegations of "illegal business activity," detained, had their bank accounts frozen and then were ordered to pay excessive fines or it's mortgage loan on the church building they were meeting in. 

China Aid reports, "Authorities detained Zhang, the chairman of the Huoshi Church’s executive board, in late July 2015, and charged her with “illegal business operations.” Right after she was detained, the police froze the church’s bank account of 600,000 Yuan so the church could not repay its actual property loan to the bank on time. 

Su Tianfu (a leader of the church) said he is currently unable to pay even his own personal basic living expenses, and that it is impossible to find additional money to pay the fine.

“I do not have income at all after the government banned our church,” Su told the court. “Besides, I think that the fine is too steep. It is absolutely unprecedented in the country. We are the first and only church to be fined so heavily.” 

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