The church members were arrested in their homes, workplaces or on the streets in a series of coordinated raids.
Chinese authorities have shut down Zion Church, one of Beijing’s largest unregistered churches – the church has announced that from now it will hold services outdoors.
116 Chinese pastors have released a joint statement protesting against the sharp increase in religious freedom violations by authorities in the past six months.
Christian persecution and church closures in China have risen significantly since the implementation of newly revised Religious Affairs Regulations on 1 February 2018.
Pastor Yang Hua was released from prison on 19 June after completing his two and a half year sentence.
Police in Chengdu, Sichuan arrested 17 members of Early Rain Blessing Church who were attempting to hold a prayer service on 4 June to commemorate the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Police raided Early Rain Blessing Church in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on 12 May and detained the pastor and two hundred church members.
Persecution of Christians in China’s central Henan province has increased greatly since the implementation of newly revised Religious Affairs Regulations on 1 February 2018.
In recent months, more than one hundred Christians have been sent to “re-education” camps in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
On 9 January, military police used explosives to demolish Golden Lampstand Church in Shanxi province.