SEVEN Catholics were arrested and at least five were injured when police tore down a newly built church in Beideng village, Hebei province, according to the United States-based Cardinal Kung Foundation. It was the second church to be demolished in Baoding diocese this year. 'This is indisputable evidence that the so-called religious freedom in China is nothing but a sham,' a statement released by the Cardinal Kung Foundation said. On November 22, the statement said, more than 40 police vehicles with about 150 public security officers and the chief security officer blocked all roads leading to the village where the new church was under construction, and levelled it. The Catholic construction workers were severely beaten and other laymen were detained, it said.