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Association of Disciples

Association of Disciples. China Cracks Down on Protestant Group. Chinese police arrested, and sentenced without trial to reeducation through labor, leaders of the evangelical Protestant "Association of Disciples" for setting up a chapter in northwestern Lintao city, Gansu province. According to the China News Service, the leaders were also accused of setting up "home sects" in villages, of "cheating the people," and "disturbing social order." A large rally was held to announce the sentences and "educate" the local population of the dangers of the group, which boasts up to 500,000 followers. The whereabouts of "guru" Ji Sanbau are unknown. (Yahoo! News, 1/11/02, Internet) [csr 1.1 2002]