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'Don't you dare bring Christianity to Shanxi,' says official before detaining Beijing believer

Wife of Christian book store worker seeks help online after husband is detained by police

Thursday, 04 April, 2013, 4:08pm

When Li Wenxi, a Beijing book store worker traveled to Shanxi province in December to help local Christians open a new book store in the capital city Taiyuan, he was threatened by local state security agents.

“Don’t you dare  bring Christian culture here,” one agent allegedly shouted at Li and his co-workers, “This is our turf.”

The police raided the new store and confiscated hundreds of books Li brought with him from Beijing.

A few days later, they phoned Li and said they would like to return the books. Without realising it was a “trap”, Li met them at a local police station.

That was the last time Li’s wife has heard from him.

It has been more than three months since Li was illegally detained by police in Taiyuan.

His wife, Li Caihong, said she has been praying everyday for him.

She  was particularly baffled when police told her Li had been charged with “illegally operating a business”.

“How could he have been operating a business when he was only there to help?” she said.

Police have also denied her bid to bail Li out, stressing the seriousness of his "crime".

An officer overseeing Li's case stopped answering the phone after she called several times, pleading for Li’s release, said Li Caihong.

The desperate wife and mother of two then turned to Weibo, China’s popular social media webiste, where she discussed Li’s imprisonment and asked for help. 

Li’s Weibo message was reposted over 4,000 times and received hundreds of comments.

“Shanxi is one of the places where Christians are persecuted with the harshest measures,” wrote a blogger from Beijing’s Gangwashi Church. “Revenge is mine; I will repay,” he said before quoting a verse from the Bible.

The comment is interesting - given the aggressively-worded press release Taiyuan’s offcials released on their website in March. It is entitled: “Yingze District successfully clamped down on a case of Christianity.”

Taiyuan's government website publishes a report gloating its cracking down on an underground congregation. Photo: SCMP pictures

The article gloated about how officials raided an ‘underground’ congregation and dispelled the believers. But the story was bombarded with criticism from scholars, Christians and other bloggers after someone posted it on Weibo. The article has been withdrawn since from the government website without any explanation.

Not allowed to see her husband in jail, Li Caihong has hired him a lawyer who managed to pay him a few visits, upon which Li Wenxi said he had converted several of his 20 cellmates into Christians.

Li Caihong said she’s extremely anxious since she has been lying to her  88-year-old mother-in-law, who's in the dark about her son’s jailment.

“She kept asking me on the phone where her son is,” she said. "But the truth will destroy her."

A 2010 study by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said there were 20 million Christians in the country. Many believe the actual number is much higher.

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Please Help Saving jailed Pastor Gong of Huanan Chruch


Since Dec 2, 2012, my father Pastor Shengliang Gong had High Blood Pressure and Cerebral Infraction, but he never got the proper medical checkup and adequate treatments. Consequently, my father’s illness got worse and worse. More than once my father almost fell to the ground during last November.

Finally when he got the checkup on November 26th 2013, the doctor said my father’s illness was not very optimistic. He was having Cerebral Infraction, Encephalatrophy, Brain Lesions and Leukoaraiosis, etc. The doctor said that my father needs to have checkup every three months. So we repeatedly requested the prison officials to perform checkup accordingly, once every three months. The prison said that they had one done on April 17th, but refused to release the hospital’s medical treatments records and conclusions to neither my father nor the family members. They would not make any specific statements about my father’s illness. Now, my father and our family have no ideas about the level of his illness.

       Since my father illness, previously we could buy some appropriate medicines for him according to his known conditions pieced together from oral communications of diagnosis, after consulting with doctors. Though this won’t amount to totally healing, it was the only way our family could do for him under the circumstances. But now, as the prison withholding medical records from us, we are unable to know his condition and thus cannot providing suitable medicines for him-the very minimum request was denied of us.

       The inadequate medical treatments within the prison cannot give my father prompt and sufficient treatments. Yet the prison won’t send him to hospitals outside for necessary treatments and regular checkups, causing further serious damages to his health. The prison won’t allow him the fundamental human rights; they also deprive his right to know about his illness condition. The prison as law enforcement agency behaves illegally. Effectively, they are directly pushing my gravely ill father to dead end street of death.

       I appeal to the international communities concerning my father’s health and human rights conditions. Please join us to rally for my father and our family’s rights to medical records and the right to know the situation of my father’s sickness; also his right to have regular medical treatments, thereby saving his life and protect his fundamental rights!!


Pastor Shengliang Gong’s daughter: Huali Gong

June 30th 2014

Cell Phone: 13241248388

Han Kou prison department phone number: 027-83556018

Instructor Hanwen Wang: 15327298562




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