by Bailey Haack
Police in China detained more than 30 worshippers who belong to the unregistered Shouwang church in Beijing as they gathered for an Easter service Sunday.
The worshippers were stopped near a plaza in the city's university district, according to The Independent, which said that the Shouwang members have been trying to meet at the plaza since the congregation was evicted from its place of worship three weeks ago.
Chinese Christians are required to worship in state-controlled churches, The Independent said.
More than 50 million worshippers refuse to submit to this regulation, and worship at "house churches," according to the Irish Times. The Shouwang congregation is one of Beijing's biggest "house" congregations.
The growing influence of such unregulated churches has unsettled authorities in China, who are suspicious of independent groups who could challenge Communist authority, said The Independent.
The pressure on the church is seen as part of a crackdown on dissent in China, which has affected religions other than Christians, according to the Irish Times.