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A close friend and ministry colleague reported to me today that the well-known Beijing
church activist Hua Huiqi and his 76-year-old mother were attacked and wounded
by the police in the morning of January 26, 2007: My friend writes:

"According to Mr. Hua’s wife Wei Jumei, at about 8am of January 26, seven police officers attacked both Hua and his mom while they were walking nearby a 2008 Olympic hotel site. They were kicked on the ground and then taken away to the Olympic Police Station for questioning. When Hua asked the police to explain the legal ground for the
detention and release his mom who is sick, he was beaten up repeatedly. The
police even started pouring cold water over him. The temperature in Beijing lowed in the mid-20s. While Hua was trembling because of the freezing cold water, he was taken
away to a detention center. On the 27th, Hua’s wife was told by the police over the phone that Hua had been sentenced for one month of criminal detention. None of Hua’s family members has received any official notice yet regarding Hua’s detention so far.

"Hua and his wife are very active house church Christians in Beijing.
They have been assisting lots of persecuted Christians and oppressed peasants
who travel to Beijing from other parts of the country to seek justice from the central government.

“ 'The detention of innocent peaceful Christians like Mr. Hua and his mom is certainly contradictory to the Chinese government’s human rights commitment for 2008 Beijing Olympics,' said Rev. Bob Fu, who used to be a close coworker of Mr. Hua and his Christian minister wife. 'We urge the Chinese government to immdiately release both of them and hold those abusive police accountable.' "

The 2006 Thanksgiving Offering at Tenth Presbyterian Church is being used to provide financial support for the Hua family and for the families of other Chinese pastors in prison.
Posted February 12, 2007 @ 8:32 AM by Phil Ryken
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