Two women went to Henchi city in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region where they were taken into custody for spreading the gospel; one of them was detained, and the other was sentenced to three years in prison.
House church members from Guilin – Li Xia and Fang En – went to Hechi city in March this year to spread the gospel and stayed in the home of a fellow believer, Feng Yu.
At 11 a.m. on March 28, five male police officers from the Hechi City Public Security Bureau barged into Feng Yu’s home and, without showing any credentials, seized Li Xia and Fang En and confiscated both of their Bibles and notebooks. One officer interrogated the two, asking them why they had come to Hechi, to which Li Xia replied that they were there to spread the gospel. Before the two could finish explaining, the police officer ordered to take all three away to a local police station.
At approximately 11 p.m. that night, police began to interrogate Li Xia about the church; it lasted the whole night, but without any results. The next morning, Li Xia and Fang En were escorted to a detention center, while Feng Yu was released.
On April 13, Li Xia was released after being held for 15 days, and Fang En was sentenced to three years in prison.
Not long after Li Xia was released and had returned home, the local police visited her house multiple times to interrogate her and take pictures. They warned her that she wouldn’t be allowed to go out and evangelize anymore, and if she were caught again, she would be given a hefty prison sentence.
(All the names are pseudonyms).
Reported by Bai Lin
Bai Lin (uses pseudonyms for security reasons) is a 27-year-old Miao woman from Yunnan, graduated from Yunnan Normal University’s School of Communications. After learning that many petitioners from her hometown have gone missing, she started paying attention to human rights issues in China. She writes articles for and provides information to several foreign media outlets. In 2018, she took the initiative to join Bitter Winter and became a special correspondent covering Yunnan Province, Guizhou Province, and some other regions in China.