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 TURKMEN OFFICIALS PRESSURE RELIGIOUS GROUPS FOR PRACTICING FAITH

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TURKMEN OFFICIALS PRESSURE RELIGIOUS GROUPS FOR PRACTICING FAITH

Officials in the Central Asian country of Turkmenistan continue to pressure Protestants and members of other faiths for practicing their religion. Three members of a Protestant family in the village of Gorogly in northeastern Turkmenistan were summoned to the local administration and threatened on Tuesday, Jan. 25.
“The head of the village administration, the police, the National Security Ministry secret police and the Muslim clergy started to put pressure on them for holding services in their home and preaching their faith among villagers,” local believers said.
“The officials threatened that if they didn’t halt their religious activities they would be expelled from the village.”

Local officials threatened to cut off gas and electricity supplies to the family’s home and withhold pensions. Officials also confiscated a Turkmen-language copy of the New Testament and accused the family of bringing in a carload of Christian literature—a charge that local Christians deny.
“Police and national security officers interrupt small religious gatherings being conducted in private homes,” said a member of the group.
“They detain all in attendance, verbally abuse them, and at times brutally beat the detainees. Afterwards those present are given heavy fines, with the owner of the home subjected to an even heavier fine.”


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