Six elders of a church in Ontario are facing fines of up to $10,000 for holding church services.
The church says no outbreak has been traced back to its services since they reopened in June. But they ‘have heard a plethora of stories from many of our congregants about how they were negatively affected spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and financially during the first lockdown,’ the elders said in a statement. Officers from the Waterloo Region Police Service visited the homes of the elders at night and gave them each a summons to court.
A Chinese court has sentenced Zhang Zan, a 37-year-old Christian and citizen journalist, to four years in prison for her coverage of Covid-19 in Wuhan.
The court found Zhang guilty of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’. Zhang went to Wuhan when severe lockdowns were in place. She documented residents lamenting their financial distress. She criticised the government for being too harsh in its lockdown and for silencing people who spoke out against China’s handling of the pandemic. She went on hunger strike, and was then force-fed. She has asked for a Bible whilst she is in prison.
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