(Chengdu, Sichuan Province—Oct. 5, 2020) On September 27, 2020, six policemen from the Public Security Bureau of Chengdu visited Elder Yingqiang Li and his wife from Early Rain Covenant Church of Chengdu, and warned, “Chengdu does not welcome you. Chengdu people do not welcome you.”
“Wang Yi has been put in jail,” officers said. “He is the first, and you are the second.”
As Elder Yingqiang had hoped to have positive communication with officials and avoid conflict, he reassured police that he believed in Christ and wished to bring blessings to Chengdu.
Police also told Elder Yingqiang that they may take measures, including but not limited to strict surveillance and tracking, “legally, and “legally”* deprive them of custody of their children.
As police left, they tore off the Spring Festival sign that Elder Yingqiang had posted on the door
with “Faith, Hope, Love” written on it.
Officials had released Elder Yingqiang earlier in August 2019 after detaining him for eight months during the 12.9 Persecution. During August 2020, Elder Yingqiang and his family returned to Chengdu and rented an apartment.
When three policemen from Caotang Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu came to Elder Yingqiang’s home, they reported that according to some residents’ tip-off, strangers now lived in their rented apartment and that they needed to investigate the situation.
|Elder Yingqiang and his wife Xinyue Zhang treated officials to tea
(Photo: Elder Yingqiang Li’s Facebook)
|The Revised Regulations on Religious Affairs that staff from the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs read to Elder Yingqiang Li.|
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