Source: Asia News
Date: June 6, 2018
On Monday, the police in Chengdu, Sichuan closed the Early Rain Covenant Church and detained its pastor Wang Yi, his wife, and a dozen preachers and worshipers. The church planned to hold a special prayer service that evening commemorating the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, but at around 3 p.m., the police stormed and raided the church premises, reports AsiaNews.
On the day of the arrests, the church received a notice issued by the Qingyang ethnic and religious affairs office saying that it had violated the newly revised Regulations on Religious Affairs. Officially, only state-controlled religious organizations are allowed to operate in China.
Bitter Winter reported in May that the police raided the church and arrested over 100 people, the night before a planned service to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake. Pastor Wang was taken away by the police and released after 24 hours in detention.