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Three Americans Arrested for Second Time as Police Drag Them from Tiananmen Square -- Public Prayer Deemed Illegal Demonstration

The Americans were arrested for the second time -- It is not known when the human rights leaders will be released


Contact: Rev. Rob Schenck, 703-447-7686; Kaitlin Clare, 540-538-4822


BEIJING, Aug. 7 /Standard Newswire/ -- At approximately 11 AM local time, three American Christians were arrested in Tiananmen Square.  The three arrested are Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Washington DC based Christian Defense Coalition; Brandi Swindell of Boise Idaho, National Director of Generation Life; and Michael McMonagle, of Philadelphia, national Catholic pro-life activist and founder of Generation Life.


The same three Americans were also arrested yesterday while holding a banner and speaking out against China's religious persecution.


While in custody Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said, "We were in Tiananmen Square publicly praying for the people of China when police forcefully dragged us across the street."


For more information or interviews contact:

Rev. Rob Schenck    703.447.7686

Kaitlin Clare   540.538.4822