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500 detained in China over doomsday rumors

Posted on Tuesday, 18 December, 2012 | Comment icon 29 comments

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Police in China have detained several hundred individuals for spreading rumors about the end of the world.

The arrests were carried out across eight provinces and included several members of a fringe Christian group called 'Almighty God'. Authorities seized leaflets, books and DVDs designed to promote the idea that the world is coming to an end on December 21st.

Among those arrested were four doom-sayers who had been preaching through a loudspeaker to people in the streets. Thirty-seven members of the 'Amighty God' group were also picked up in northwest China's Qinghai province while four more were detained in the Inner Mongolia region on suspicion of swindling elderly people living in some of the country's remote mountainous areas.

Update: The number of arrests have risen to include over 400 members of the 'Amighty God' group. A disciple of a suspected doomsday cult has also been arrested following a knife attack on more than 20 children.

"Chinese police have arrested more than 500 members of a doomsday cult for spreading rumours about the imminent end of the world, state media say."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #20 Posted by libstaK on 19 December, 2012, 10:59
Thankfully none of the children in this incident died, they would be traumatised at being attacked by a man with a knife though and that is awful.
Comment icon #21 Posted by dmgspycat on 19 December, 2012, 13:40
Christians have been looking for this stupid doomsday to happen just to prove their religion. How petty to get it wrong so many thousands of years so by chance when a calamity does happen, they can feel justified in their beliefs. Unbelievable...
Comment icon #22 Posted by teetay08 on 19 December, 2012, 17:00
- like foreal were not goin anywhere .. nobody know when when dying/when the world will be ending ... read the book of relvalations DUHH !
Comment icon #23 Posted by pallidin on 19 December, 2012, 17:45
Welcome to the forums ImJustMe. Love those lips.
Comment icon #24 Posted by freetoroam on 19 December, 2012, 17:59
Shows how much the World has changed, you would never had heard about this a few years back.
Comment icon #25 Posted by minera on 19 December, 2012, 18:26
geez. Weirdos are all over the place even in China. If doomsday does not happen we should all sue the fear mongers for false advertising. I wish it was Friday already as I am sick of all this doom and gloom everywhere scaring the masses with stupid shows about the end of the world and all the propaganda about it. It is everywhere.
Comment icon #26 Posted by freetoroam on 19 December, 2012, 18:30
Sue them? not sure they will hang about to get caught once they have gathered up their "buy your doomsday safety helmet here" monies.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Lava_Lady on 20 December, 2012, 0:34
Do you mean we wouldn't have heard about the Doomsday Cults or the government round-ups of dissidents? Depending on how far back you mean, I know for sure that the cults have made headlines as far back as religion started. Seems like one cult or another has been in the news every year talking about "the end is nigh". Thankfully most have been harmless for the most part but not the likes of Jim Jones, that tennis shoes guy, and David Koresh just to name a few. Governments around the world, throughout history have done round-ups of peoples they deemed "dissidents" ... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by GirlfromOz on 20 December, 2012, 14:59
It's all good! The earth will still be orbitting the sun & we will all wake up to the same old routine!
Comment icon #29 Posted by GirlfromOz on 20 December, 2012, 15:35
See you all on Saturday the 22nd! LOL!

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