ALGERIA – Algeria Closes Another Protestant =Church

World Watch Monitor | Oct. 22, 2018

A number of Protestant churches have been closed by the Algerian government in the 12 months. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)
A number of Protestant churches have been closed by the Algerian government in the past 12 months. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Algerian police closed another church in the north-eastern province of Bejaia last week, reports Christian advocacy group Middle East Concern.

On Tuesday (16 October) police officers closed and sealed the doors of the Protestant church in Azaghar, a village near Akbou, about 180km southeast of the capital Algiers.

This follows this year’s closure of a number of Protestant churchesthe latest in July, also near Akbou. Although three churches were later opened, a Christian bookshop and day-care centre for Christian children were also closed.

The church in Azaghar, a member of the Église Protestante d’Algérie (EPA), the legally recognised umbrella of protestant churches in Algeria, has been active for more than five years and has about 300 congregants.

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