(Morning Star News) –Local officials in Laos arrested seven Christians for meeting for worship on Sunday (Sept. 28), according to a rights group.
The chief of Boukham village, in Atsaphangthong District, Savannakhet Province, along with village security officials and police arrested the Christians as they ate lunch after meeting for worship in the home of pastor Sompong Supatto, according to Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF).
The pastor was held in handcuffs and leg stocks at press time, an HRWLRF spokesman said.
The local officials had issued an order the previous Sunday (Sept. 21) that Christians in the village were no longer allowed to gather for worship, but he gave no reason for the order, said the spokesman, whose name is withheld for security reasons.
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