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Chinese County Officers Threaten Christian Elders

ICC Note: Christians threatened and intimidated in Yucheng County

7/1/10 China (ChinaAid) – On the afternoon of June 25, several elderly Christians in Yucheng County, Shangqiu, were threatened in their homes by PSB officials, only days before the court date of one of four house church member who were arrested in March.

The local police officers intimidated the elderly Christians by saying they had joined a cult. They tricked the elderly people into leaving their fingerprints on the statement of guarantee that the police officers had prepared beforehand, in which these Christians are said to have claimed they would “give up the house church.”

On March 25 of this year, Yucheng County Public Security Bureau of Shangqiu, Henan province used the Christians to making money, by arresting Christians from the local house churches and then demanding the families pay living expenses. After receiving money, they released most of the people and the case should have been over.

However, four Christians, Gao Jianli, Hua Yulan, Liu Yunshan and Zheng Yumei, when asked if they still believed in Jesus, refused to be swayed by threats. Instead they boldly affirmed their faith. As a result, they were detained for 15 days and then sentenced to one year of re-education through labor.

Gao Jianli, who applied for an administrative reconsideration, will appear in court for his case on Friday, July 1, in Xuchang. Tianmiao Town Police Station has notified the Christians that they are not allowed to sit in the court as visitors. They threatened some elderly Christians, saying, “What you believe in is a cult. Don’t believe in it anymore. You even goad the children to believe in the religion.”

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