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3/21/2011 China (AllVoices) – Christians in Yangdang town, Zaoyang City, Hubei Province are crying out to the rest of the world for justice over the brutal victimization they suffered in the hands of the “People’s Police” who raided their legal study Center on February 23, 2011.
This ugly development is contained in a report by the China Aid (http://www.chinaaid.org) adding that during the raid, they destroyed video cameras, audio recording devices, cell phones, and any other equipment that might have captured evidence of the violent raid.
In a joint release, the Yangdang Christians wrote: “We are a group of kind-hearted Christians from Yangdang Town (hometown of the aerospace hero Nie Haisheng), Zaoyang City, Hubei Province, and we are legal and law-abiding citizens of the People’s Republic of China.
The Group continued: “In our ordinary life, we sincerely abide by the laws and regulations of the state. We conduct ourselves with the teachings from the Bible and live by observing the rules. So we did not expect that at about 6 p.m. on February 23, 2011, we would personally see and experience the law enforcement officers of the state — the so-called “people’s police” — arrest, beat and severely punish ordinary people. Even now, fear still lingers in us.”
They noted that over 20 of their friends and relatives were studying the relevant laws and rules of the “Regulations on Religions Affairs” promulgated by the State Council, “suddenly in burst Fu Dewu, head of Xiangyang Municipal Bureau for Ethnic and Religious Affairs and Li Guiming, director of Zaoyang Municipal Bureau of Religion, leading over 100 riot police officers and over 80 plainclothes “hired roughnecks” with towels on their wrists as an identification mark headed by Chai Pujun, director of Zaoyang Municipal Public Security Bureau, smashed the door open and broke into the house of our brother without presenting any legal documents or going through any legally required procedures.”
According to them, they shot tear gas at our group of 20 — some of us completely unarmed, all law-abiding religious citizens. Wielding their batons, they beat, kicked and prodded the people.
They noted that many police officers and plainclothes agents beat two sisters to the floor (one of the sisters is relatively advanced in age). They passed out on the spot with foam coming from their mouths and convulsions in their hands and legs. We demanded that they be sent to the hospital immediately. The officials wouldn’t listen to us and continued to hit the people with their batons.