Dear Human Rights in China,
I am Hua Huiqi. I turned 46
this year. In 1990, I accepted Jesus
Christ as my Lord and Savior and was baptized in 1992 at Kuanjie
In the almost 20 years of
my journey as a believer, I have endured
countless threats, intimidation, beatings, and detentions by the
police. During the 2008 Olympics I have been continuously under
surveillance and threatened by the police. At 6 a.m. on August 10, I
was on my way to Kuanjie Protestant Church to worship when I was
intercepted by police working on religious affairs from Chongwen
District. State Security police officer Bai Ying led 7-8 plainclothes
officers who beat me and dragged me and my brother Hua Huilin into two
The police brought us to
their office in the Hong Kong New World Group
building and interrogated us. They asked me why I was going to Kuanjie
Protestant Church to worship and threatened me, saying, "You are not
allowed to go to Kuanjie Protestant Church because President Bush is
going there today. If you [try to] go again, we will break your legs.
We brought you here to wait for orders from our superiors. We shall
see how they want to deal with you."
They confiscated my Bible
and thereupon began their watch over me. I
prayed. After about 4 or 5 hours, when I saw that the people who were
watching me had all fallen asleep, I fled. But I'm afraid to go home.
I ask that you closely
monitor our freedom of belief and our personal safety.
August 11, 2008