China Aid Association
At a time when the grand opening of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games is just a few days away, the Beijing authorities continue to arrest members of house churches. Four missionaries in Inner Mongolia have been arrested and the police also searched their houses. Among the arrested, Wang Shuang was hung up and tortured by the police. In other developments, Zhang Mingxuan, president of the Chinese House Church Alliance, has been driven out of Beijing and does not have a fixed place to stay at this time. This report is brought to you by Fang Yuan, reporter from Radio Free Asia.
According to news on Wednesday from China Aid Association headquartered in Texas USA, authorities in Wulanhaote, Inner Mongolia detained four missionaries on July 20, 2008. It first occurred on July 6 when the Municipal Public Security Bureau detained Yu Yongqing, a house church missionary. After that, on July 17, missionary Li Li and her husband Li Shusen were also arrested. At 9:00 p.m. on July 25, missionary Wang Shuang was taken away by the police and arrested. The charges against them were “utilizing a cult to undermine the implementation of the state law.”
According to an insider, “The authorities are apt to arrest leaders of the churches. They arrest whoever is in charge of the affairs. A sister of mine and I went to visit Li Li at a detention center and tried to give her some luggage. They directed us to the Homeland Security Defense Brigade office. The Homeland Security Defense Brigade of the Municipal Public Security Bureau is in charge of arresting people. They asked me direct questions and the investigation was thorough. They asked me how many years I have been a Christian and where I was baptized. Upon seeing me, she knew immediately that I am an ordinary believer and not a leader. Therefore, she didn’t arrest us.
According to our information, most of these believers are peasants living in rural suburban areas and they are very simple people without sophistication.
On the other hand, Li Li came to this area to preach the Gospel from Jilin Province. She lived in urban areas. When they first arrested Li Li, the police also took away her two brothers who were not released until the second day. The above-mentioned insider also said: “The charges against other people are not as serious as Li Li. They accused Li Li of associating with overseas reactionaries. They said people from overseas once sent her a remittance of 1,500 at a time and sometimes even 20,000. In fact, there is no such a thing.”
Another insider told this station that when some sisters went to the public security bureau to visit Wang Shuang, they saw with their own eyes a scene of horror. He said: “When his sisters and his wife went to see him (Wang Shuang), they saw upon entering the door that he was being hung with handcuffs. His trousers were at the bottom and his underwear was up there without the waistband. When the sisters came back and told other people, they were shocked. (sobbing)
A reporter from this station called Wang Shuang’s wife Ms. Sun for more information and she told us that at 9 o’clock on the 25th of the month, four policemen from the Homeland Security Defense Brigade of the Municipal Public Security Bureau climbed over the wall to enter the house of Wang Shuang. They took away Wang Shuang by force. On the second day, they interrogated her for a whole day. After that, they also searched her house.
She said: “When I went to the public security bureau to ask for the reasons, they also detained me for a day there. They interrogated me and asked me where I was baptized and where I began to believe in Jesus. After the interrogation, they hauled me back and turned my house upside down. They didn’t find anything but took away my notebook and my Bible. They also destroyed my kang the warm-bed just to look for Gospel flyers and books.
According to our understanding, the police also told her to go to the public security bureau again on Monday which is the 28th of the month. She didn’t go there as she is afraid.
As the police searched the houses of the four people arrested, all the properties of the house church, including Christian books, computers and disks were all confiscated.
In addition to this, Zhang Mingxuan, president of the Chinese House Church Alliance, has been driven away from here and there by the Beijing police in the past month along with his wife Ms. Xie who is seriously sick. He was not allowed to stay in a hotel nor was he allowed to rent a house. At this time, they could only come to Hebei Province where they don’t have a fixed place to stay in.
Ms. Xie, wife of Zhang Mingxuan, told this station on Wednesday: “We never thought that we would be homeless because of this Olympic Games. In the meantime, I am very poor in health. As a citizen of the Chinese nation, I would be more than satisfied if I had a place where I could live in peace.”
On the other hand, Zhang Mingxuan said: “They are afraid that I would meet reporters and high-ranking officials from overseas. As soon as I see them, I will tell them how the authorities really treat the churches in China and how they persecute me. In this case, they will lose their positions. Therefore, they drove me out for fear that I go to Beijing.”
The above has been brought to you by Fang Yuan, reporter from Radio Free Asia.
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