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Churches Ransacked as Rebels Take Over Central African Republic

(UPDATED) Top pastor's arrest highlights worsening conditions for citizens 'being treated like slaves.'

Update (Aug. 13): World Watch Monitor (WWM) reports that government authorities arrested the Rev. Nicolas Guerékoyamé, president of Central African Republic's (CAR) Evanglical Alliance, for remarks he made about the government during a sermon.

"His comments were reportedly considered 'excessive and extremist… striking a blow at the dignity of the Head of State and at the Institutions of the Transition,'" WWM reports. "However local sources, which remain anonymous for security reasons, said his arrest was linked to the publication of an article in which he inferred that the citizens of the CAR are being treated like slaves."

Guerékoyamé also serves on CAR's National Transitional Council (NTC), an acting government set up following the overthrow of François Bozizé's regime in March. Yet, local media said Guerékoyamé's arrest disrepected his immunity as an NTC member.

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