Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Great Regulars: Meanwhile, the wife of jailed pro-democracy

activist Zhu Yufu said her husband is unable to get enough nutrition to maintain his failing health in jail in eastern Zhejiang province.

"We have applied a number of times, according to the rules, for him to have additional food every week, but the police have refused every time," said Zhu's wife, surnamed Jiang.

She said that Zhu's health is worsening in jail, and that the authorities have repeatedly refused formal requests for medical parole.

from Luisetta Mudie: Radio Free Asia: Forced Confessions Banned, Again


And in the southwestern province of Sichuan, more than 1,000 Protestants had been warned by police not to gather over Christmas, according to local pastor Li Ming.

"The police are harassing us and threatening us," Li said. "But they haven't detained us."

"They are putting pressure on us not to gather for worship, not to do anything, but we do it anyway; they haven't taken any action," he said.

Officially an atheist country, China nonetheless has an army of officials whose job is to watch over faith-based activities, which have spread rapidly.

from Luisetta Mudie: Radio Free Asia: Shanghai Cracks Down on Churches


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