China: Five Christian prisoners released ahead of G20 summit

By Carey Lodge - Posted at Christian Today:

China has released five Christian detainees in Zhejiang province after four months in prison for protesting a church demolition.

The five, Ji Qingcao, Ji Qingcou, Ou Jinsi, Mei Xueshun, and He Lijing, are all members of Yazhong Church in Wenzhou, and were arrested in April on charges of "obstructing government administration" and "disturbing public order".

They had been involved in a protest over the planned demolition of another church, Guankou Church, in September last year.

A local Christian told human rights charity China Aid that the five had been released on August 28, and suggested it could have been due to pressure ahead of the upcoming G20 summit in Hangzhou.