Reportedly, The Chinese Communist Party is reportedly detaining Christians in secret facilities and forcing them to give up their faith or face months of torture.
“A member of a Christian ‘house church’ in the southwestern province of Sichuan who asked to be identified by a pseudonym Li Yuese said he was held in a facility run by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s United Front Work Department, working in tandem with the state security police, for 10 months after a raid on his church in 2018,” reported Radio Free Asia. “Another Christian who asked to remain anonymous told RFA that similar facilities are being used across China, not just for Protestants, but also for members of the underground Catholic church, and of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, a target of authorities since 1999.”
Radio Free Asia is a non-profit broadcasting corporation funded through the U.S. Agency for the Global Media which is an independent federal government agency.
The communist party reportedly focuses mostly on attacking “house churches” that are not sanctioned members of the CCP-approved Thre-Self Patriotic Association, which changes the Bible and teaches people a CCP-approved version of Christianity because the party thinks that Christianity is a threat to national security.
“It was a mobile facility, that could just set up in some basement somewhere. It was staffed by people from several different government departments,” Li stated. “It had its own (CCP) political and legal affairs committee working group, and they mainly target Christians who are members of house churches.”
“They use really underhand[ed] methods,” Li went on to add. “They threaten, insult and intimidate you. These were United Front officials, men, women, sometimes unidentified, usually in plain clothes. The police turn a blind eye to this. You have to accept the statement they prepare for you. If you refuse, you will be seen as having a bad attitude and they will keep you in detention and keep on beating you.”
Li stated that the place he was kept in was a basement of a secret location where he could not see outside and lost all concept of time. He also said that he attempted to hurt himself and thoughts of suicide would often come up during his imprisonment because he said that it would have been better than the tortures he was being subjected to.
“I couldn’t sleep; after you’ve been in there a week, death starts to look better than staying there. I bashed myself against the wall to self-harm.” Li stated. “One time in there, I was groggy and was trying to open my eyes but I couldn’t. Four or five of them grabbed me by the arms and legs and pinned me to the ground. They injected me with some drug, and brought me back to consciousness.”
The reports that China is persecuting Christians are hardly new, but the fact that things have been taken to such extremes is insane.