7 Chinese Christians detained for defending their church’s cross

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Catholic priest Liu Yong Wang performs holy communion in a make-shift chapel in the village of Bai Gu Tun, located on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin, around 70 km (43 miles) south-east of Beijing on July 17, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/David Gray

Catholic priest Liu Yong Wang performs holy communion in a make-shift chapel in the village of Bai Gu Tun, located on the outskirts of the city of Tianjin, around 70 km (43 miles) south-east of Beijing on July 17, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/David Gray

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They are being held for suspected crimes including embezzlement, state media. One of their lawyers called it a "smear campaign" as part of the Chinese government's efforts to obliterate signs of Christianity.