Special police forces (in green) remove worshippers from an Algerian church.
Special police forces (in green) remove worshippers from an Algerian church.
Nov 21, 2019 • Algeria

Authorities Continue to Close Churches

Authorities shut down three more churches in Algeria last month. On Oct. 16, days after Christians protested the government’s crackdown on churches, authorities forcibly removed Light Church worshippers from their building in north-central Algeria and sealed its doors. The Light Church was Algeria’s largest place of worship. Earlier in the week, the Protestant Church of the Full Gospel and the Source of Life Church, also in the area of Tizi Ouzou, were closed. These three churches closed in October were among the largest congregations in Algeria and bring the total number of sealed worship buildings to 15. “The police intervened to force us out of our church — a church that exists and has been active legally and in the light since 1996,” said Pastor Salah Chalah, head of the organization representing protestant churches in Algeria. “May everyone know that we have been beaten and abused … for one reason only — our Christian faith. And because that’s the cause of our pain, we’re proud of it.”

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