Translated by Brynne Lawrence. Edited in English by Ava Collins.
(Tianjin, China—Oct. 8, 2015) A Beijing Christian, placed under residential surveillance in July, has been unable to speak with his family, who fear they will be unable to notify him of his father’s ailing health.
Liu Yongping, also known as Lao Mu, is a member of Beijing’s Yahebo Church who was taken by authorities on July 10 and placed under residential surveillance in Tianjin. The notice from public security bureau officers stated that he was suspected of causing disturbances.
Shortly after Liu’s detention, his father became terminally ill and required hospitalization. As his condition has worsened, the family has gathered at the hospital but was unable to contact and inform Liu.
A friend of the family said: “You can say that his body was not good, but the fact that his son was arrested was certainly a major blow. After a short time, we heard he was ill. Initially, it was off-and-on, but recently it has become very serious. [Liu] may not be able to see his father one last time.”
Authorities seized others besides Liu on July 10, including Hu Shigen, an elder of Beijing’s Yahebo Church, and Ge Ping, also known as Gou Honggou. Authorities also suspected Gou of causing disturbances and placed him under residential surveillance in Tianjin. Hu’s current whereabouts are unknown.
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