Kachin Baptist Church Raided by Police and Military

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Kachin Baptist Church

It has come to the notice of  International Christian Concern (ICC)  that on February 28, the military and police raided the Kachin Baptist Church (KBC) in Lashio, Shan state twice, before taking away 14 Christians.

According to the congregation, a group of youth apprehended a policeman in plainclothes who had been spying on an anti-coup protestor earlier and investigated him in the compound before releasing him.

The compound is large and people in the church were not even aware of what was going on. There was theological training underway during this period.

As retaliation, at 1:00 pm military and police forces in riot gear raided the church compound, knocking down the main gate of the church and causing some damage inside before arresting 13 people.

A source close to KBC told Voice of America Burmese Service that “The police searched KBC compound. A lot of police cars came and there were shootings. It seems like they used rubber bullets. Can’t say how many casualties there are.”

At around 5:00 pm, the armed military and police forces returned and searched the church compound while intimidating people in the neighborhood.

Consequently, they took KBC church secretary, according to congregants who live nearby. Videos recorded by the neighbors examined by ICC documented the moments of the raids.

At least dozens of police in gear were inside the church compound. Despite the fact that Christians at the KBC compound were not involved in the plainclothes episode earlier, the authorities had arrested a total of 14 people.

This included four ministers, six church youth, three seminary students, and a church secretary.

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Their names are as follow:

Church secretary:

Dr. L Zau Ring
Four ministers

Maw She
Zau Doi Aung
Seng Ra Awng
K.D Naw Mai
Three seminary students

Lagang Dau Gyung
HangKum Hkawng Gyung
Gum Sut Nan

Six youths

Hawng Hkawng
Peter
Zau Ja Hpaw
Ah Sut
Hkaw Ying
Dan Seng Awng
It is not clear to anyone where these detainees are taken, as the police station in the Lashio area has no information to provide. The police from Lashio said these forces are not people who stationed in Lashio.

Gina Goh, ICC’s Regional Manager for Southeast Asia, said, “As the military junta cracks down on peaceful protests all over Myanmar, it is worrisome that 14 Christians from KBC Lashio have been arrested without due process. The Tatmadaw (Burmese Army) has been hostile towards ethnic Kachin, who are predominantly Christian. What might happen to them is very concerning. ICC calls for their release and urges the global Church to pay attention to this case and the ongoing anti-coup movement, as more innocent lives are lost each day.”

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