China detains 93 for professing doomsday
Beijing: A total of 93 people were detained in China for spreading doomsday rumours.
On Saturday, four Chinese doom-mongers, preaching through a loudspeaker to people in the streets and distributing leaflets with doomsday warnings, were detained in Chongqing.
However, it did not stop members of the Almighty God Christian cult from teaching their views. Thirty-seven of them were detained Monday in northwest China's Qinghai province, according to Xinhua.
"These cult members recently latched on to the Mayan doomsday scenario to predict the sun will not shine and electricity will not work for three days beginning Dec 21.
Four "Almighty God" members, suspected of swindling elderly people from mountainous areas were also detained in neighbouring Inner Mongolia region. They proclaimed that only "Almighty God" followers will survive the doomsday and urged people to join.
The "Almighty God" requires its members to surrender their property to the group.
According to local public security departments, detentions were also made in east China's Fujian province, southwest China's Chongqing municipality and Sichuan province, northwest China's Shaanxi province and central China's Hubei province.
According to some interpretations of an ancient Maya calendar that are rejected by mainstream science, the world is set to end on Dec 21, 2012.