The police were claiming the church did not have the necessary permission or paperwork, and they were there to shut down the service immediately. This came as a surprise to the church leaders as they had sought permission from the local government to have this service two weeks prior to the event.
The church leaders faced a dilemma; stop the Christmas service until the situation is clarified or continue with the service and risk persecution? They chose to stand for God!
Once the police become aware of the church leaders’ decision, they immediately arrested five of the church leaders and took them away to prison, where they still remain today. Other local church leaders are currently trying to negotiate with the local government for the release of the five leaders.
It is widely believed that the Laos Central Government are providing the local authorities and Ministry of Interior in those districts with strategies to stop the Christian movement.
Source: Voice of the Martyrs contacts