Authorities force believers to call their faith an "evil cult" in China province

Authorities force believers to call their faith an "evil cult" in China province

By Marvin Schrebe

Incarcerated Christians endured harsh interrogations in China’s southern Guangdong province this month, during which officials ordered believers to confess that they had participated in an “evil cult,” a charge often levied against Christians for their church activities.

On June 12, authorities stalked Ruan Haonan, a member of Fengle Church who hosts Christian gatherings in his home, and dragged him to the police station. There, they questioned him and tried to force him to confess to participating in cult activities. When he refused, they officially detained him and transferred him to a detention center.

In addition, officials coerced him into signing a transcript of the interrogation on June 13.

At around 4 p.m. on June 12, officials broke into and searched Ruan’s home, which Fengle Church members also know as Mengai House. According to a man surnamed Li, who pastors Fengle Church, no one was meeting at the time of the break in, but the authorities ransacked the house and confiscated several Bibles.

Later that night, Ruan’s pregnant wife, Luo Caiyan, was taken from their home. She was released when her husband was moved to the detention center, but the police refused to give her family members any legal documents.

Additionally, Luo’s sister and Li’s wife were also taken into custody and interrogated. Despite never mentioning any cult activities, they were forced to sign a document saying they had participated in a cult in order to be released.

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