PrisonerAlert Update: Pastor Wang Xiaoguang

Five leaders of the Linfen house church that was brutally destroyed two years ago have been released after serving two years in a labor camp. The Linfen case was one of the largest recent cases of religious persecution. On Sept. 13, 2009, 400 local police, government officials and hired thugs descended upon the church, demolished a new building and clashed with hundreds of Linfen church members. Dozens were severely beaten, and more than 30 were hospitalized with critical injuries. The five who were released were Gao Fuqin, Zhao Guoai, Yang Caizhen, Yang Hongzhen and Li Shuangpin. Five more remain in prison, including Wang Xiaoguang.

On Nov. 25, 2009, Pastor Wang Xiaoguang and four other Linfen-Fushan church leaders from Shanxi Province were sentenced to criminal detention for two to seven years, according to China Aid Association. The five church leaders were accused of "gathering people to disturb the public order," because they organized a prayer rally on Sept. 14, the day after 400 military police raided the church's grounds. During the raid, more than 30 believers were seriously wounded and 17 buildings were destroyed.

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