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Son of Pastor Bike Zhang in Critical Condition after Severe Beating from PSB Officials

ICC Note:

The sons of one of China’s well known underground pastors were mercilessly beaten Thursday, October 16, by 15 Beijing PSB officials with iron bars. The eldest son was beaten for 25 minutes and is now in critical condition in the hospital. His doctor fears he may lose sight in his right eye forever. Their mother was kicked out of the house after the beating, the ambulance refused to come for her son, all of the family’s furniture was thrown into the street, and hotels have been ordered not to rent to the family.

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10/16/08 China (ChinaAid) ChinaAid has learned that Zhang Jian, the elder son of Pastor “Bike” Zhang Mingxuan, was severely beaten by Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials while at home with his mother, Xie Fenglan, in Beijing on October 16. Xie Fenglan testified that at about noon Beijing time, 15 Beijing PSB officers entered their residence and secured the exits before severely beating Zhang Jian with iron bars for 25 minutes. As Zhang Jian lay bleeding profusely, his mother called an ambulance, but the receptionist told her that a higher government authority gave a directive not to dispatch any ambulance to rescue her son because he is related to Pastor Bike Zhang. Zhang Jian’s mother then called her younger son, Zhang Chuang, who rushed to the house where he was also beaten by the same authorities. After some time, a personal friend of the Zhang family was able to take Zhang Jian to the Beijing Min Hang (Aviation) Hospital emergency room where Zhang Jian remains now. His doctor said Zhang Jian’s right eye may lose sight forever because of the severe damage resulting from the repeated beating.

Pastor Bike Zhang’s wife, Xie Fenglan, was kicked out of her legally rented apartment, located at Room 206-102 at the Beijing Olympic Garden apartments, after her elder son Zhang Jian was sent to the hospital. The family’s furniture was thrown into the street. Government authorities ordered all hotels in Beijing not host her. . .

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