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Beijing House Church Activist Hua Huiqi’s Mother Formally Arrested

Posted by radiofreechina on February 10, 2007

Chinese Senior Government Official Anti-Bush Article Repudiated in China

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

MIDLAND, TX (ANS) — China Aid Association (CAA) says that it has just received news that that Beijing house church activist Hua Huiqi’s 76-year-old mother, Ms. Shuang Shuying, was formally arrested by Beijing Public Security Bureau Chongwen Branch on February 9, 2007, with the approval of Chongwen District Prosecutor on the charge of willfully damaging public and private property.

A CAA spokesperson said, “Hua had been sentenced to one month of criminal detention on the charge of intervening public affair last January 26. He and his mother were beaten by police from Chaoyang Police Branch. The police even poured cold water over him in the 20 degree temperature. His parents had been watched over by the police after that. During this time, the police from the Sports Stadium Police Station threatened them to arrest Hua’s older brother, and slashed the tire of his car.
“Hua is an active house church Christian in Beijing. He has been passionately serving the ministry and assisting lots of persecuted Christians and oppressed peasants.”

CAA says that it has also learned that an article harshly criticizing President Bush by a senior Chinese government official was repudiated and censored from Chinese media. On February 2, Mr. Ye Xiaowen, the Director of State Administration of religious Affairs (SARA) published an article in the front page of the overseas edition of People’s Daily accusing President Bush instigating religious war in the name of anti-terrorism. (Read the whole article by Ye by clicking on http://www.chinaaid.org/english_site/press_release_detail.php?id=1513)

It is extremely rare for a ministerial level government official to rebuke the head of a foreign state by name,” said the CAA spokesperson. “The New York Times published a report about Ye’s article and questioning whether it represented an official standing. According to a Chinese government source, along with all other reports on February 1, Mr. Ye’s article was completely removed from all of the official websites in China.

“We believe that the arrest of his mother is to stop his family’s appealing. We also believe that it’s an instruction directly from higher level of government. We are deeply concerned about Hua and his mother’s situation,” said CAA president, Bob Fu, who is the former coworker of Hua.

Fu added, “We ask for Christians, especially Christians in Beijing, to visit and pray for Hua’s family. We urge the Chinese government to treat this case according to the rule of law, release Hua Huiqi and his aged and ill mother!”

For more information, Contact: Bob Fu
267-205-5210
info@ChinaAid.org

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