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ICC Note: Here is a great chance for religious persecution and human rights abuses in China to be brought into the spotlight.

Christian rock event to focus on China persecution

Spero News (7/19/06) – Rock the Desert is an outdoor Christian concert festival that is held annually in the west Texas community knows as the “Hometown of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.” Every year there is a ministry focus is displayed throughout the event. This year the youth of Midland , will feature the lack of religious freedom in China and growing persecution of House Churches there.

Rock the Desert is scheduled for July 27th – 29th and exhibits will be on site documenting China ‘s religious persecution and human rights abuses with a special presentation featuring a live reenactment of a church being bulldozed down with its worshipers being thrown out just minutes before. Actual video footage of a church demolition in China will be shown just prior to the reenactment over a jumbo screen.

Several specific cases will be highlighted throughout the entirety of Rock the Desert. Those cases are:

– Zhao Yu who was a New York Times correspondent and is now imprisoned in China , and may not receive a fair trial.

– Chen Guangcheng who is a blind rights activist and was detained Sept. 6th, 2005 for exposing violence against women in the name of family planning policies. His wife and mother were also kidnapped and their locations are still unknown.

– Wu Hao was in the processes of making a documentary in China about the persecuted church and was thrown in jail for it. He was just released on July 11, 2006.

– Jiang Zongxiu, who was martyred by beaten to death for carrying scripture. Her family has not seen any justice as her remains are still in the hands of the government and her abusers are still free.

– Pastor Cai Zhuohua who is in Chinese prison today for being accused of printing Bibles. Pastor Cai’s wife is also in prison while their 5 year old son is living with grandparents.

– Pastor Zhang Rongliang was sentenced to 7 and a half years imprisonment on July 4, 2006 after he was arrested on December 1, 2004 for his leadership in the House Church movement. recently stated, “Religious persecution by the government appears to be increasing as the Olympics are approaching.” [Go To Full Story]