Chinese Christians Arrested, Tortured By Police in Crackdown on Christianity
According to a Tuesday report, about 100 Christians leaders were arrested over the weekend at a church in Chengdu, China over the weekend where three faced torture at the hands of Chinese police.
“Persecution watchdog group ChinaAid said that among the arrested at Early Rain Covenant Church were Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, Jiang Rong, as well as Guo Hai and his wife, who were forced to leave their child unnattended [sic] at home when they were taken into custody,” according to Christian Post.
The raid represents a new level of persecution against Chinese Christians at the hands of the communist government. In September, several Christian Churches in Beijing were permanently shut down while bibles and crosses were burned, and the members were forced to sign paperwork renouncing their faith. Destroying churches is a way of demanding loyalty to he Communist Party, which wants no competition for its status as supreme ruler.
A prayer letter from the church in Chengdu described this weekend’s instance of terrorism and torture.
“Three brothers and sisters who have been released told us that they were [tortured] by police at the police station today and even stepped on their feet. One of the brothers was tied to his hands and feet at a late night and was detained all day, and the leg was tortured in multiple ways, and the body was injured with multiple injuries. These evils are heinous,” the letter said according to the report.
“A brother said the police didn’t give him a sip of rice in 24 hours, didn’t drink a sip, was deprived of rest time and was tied to the chair all night for only two or three hours,” the letter continued.
According to the report, the crackdown continued Tuesday when church members who had gone into hiding after Sunday were located and arrested.
In September, more than 350 Christian leaders in China signed a letter to the government claiming that regardless of the consequences, they will never relinquish their faith to please the state.