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Christian protesters dragged from Tiananmen Square

ICC Note:

On the eve of the Beijing Olympics, two Christian protestors are dragged from Tiananmen Square, claiming to act as “a voice for those who are in prison because of their religious beliefs.”

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8/7/08 China (ChristianToday) Plainclothes security officials interrupted the three campaigners, who included the director of the US-based Christian Defense Coalition, Patrick Mahoney, as they held a news conference and prayer vigil in front of the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall.

Mahoney told reporters gathered for the press conference, “We have come here today to speak out against the human rights abuses of the Chinese Government. We have come here today to be a voice to those who are in prison because of their religious beliefs.”

Chinese officials grabbed at microphones and put their hands up in front of cameras to stop their removal being filmed, reports Reuters news agency.

Speaking in Bangkok on Thursday night, US President George W Bush chided the Chinese Government for its poor track record on human rights.

“America stands in firm opposition to China’s detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates and religious activists,” he said.

Earlier this week, China Aid Association, a support group for the persecuted church in China, accused the Chinese Government of being “hypocritical” for using the Olympics to showcase the country’s huge economic development in recent years whilst cracking down on religious and political freedom.

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