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China: 1000 doomsday cult members detained

Posted on Dec 21, 07:38PM | IBNS

At least 1000 people were detained by Chinese authorities across seven provinces in the Asian nation for spreading doomsday rumours, media reports said on Friday.

A doomsday cult called "Almighty God" had predicted the world will end on Friday, triggering Chinese authorities to intensify a crackdown against it.

The "Almighty God" distributed leaflets that contained doomsday warnings. They also used loudspeakers to preach about it to the people on the streets.

"The sect predicts Friday will usher in three days of darkness and has urged its members to overthrow communism," BBC reported.

Just when the Christmas bells are about to ring, setting the mood of joy and merriness, Mayan calender comes to an end on Dec 21, bringing a prediction of doomsday.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said Dec 21, 2012, will not be the end of the world, however, it will be another winter solstice.

"The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012," NASA said.