British churches open arms to thousands fleeing Hong Kong

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Hong Kong protester arrested (2020)A nationwide initiative welcoming some 130,000 immigrants escaping communism from Hong Kong this year is seeing more than 500 churches in the United Kingdom welcoming the refugees.

The Chinese communist government's purge of those seeking religious and democratic liberty spurred Britons to form UKHK.org – a website launched to assist Hong Kong refugees in their search for jobs, schools and health care, as well as Cantonese restaurants.

"The legal immigrants are fleeing a Chinese communist crackdown, which has taken away the freedom of speech and religious liberties and has landed pro-democracy activists in prison," CBN News reported.

Christian Today reported that some 500 U.K. churches have already signed up on a list declaring themselves as "Hong Kong-Ready" – via UKHK.org, which was set up once the UK government allowed those in Hong Kong possessing a British National Overseas passport to enter the island nation.

Escaping the communist takeover

Britain's ties to Hong Kong date back to 1841, when it assumed control of Hong Kong and made it a British colony for 156 years until 1997, when it returned control to the Chinese government. But since then, the atheistic rule of communist leaders has made things harder on residents seeking freedom.

"China formed the special administrative region of Hong Kong, which had maintained governing and economic systems separate from those of China's communist regime," CBN News recounted.

"[L]ast May, pro-democracy protestors took to the streets after communist leaders enacted a national security law over the Hong Kong region that cast a wide net over anything that could be viewed by Beijing as anti-government – [resulting in] the arrest of several pro-democracy leaders, including Christian Joshua Wong."

Fu

ChinaAid president Bob Fu has been concerned that the severity of Christian persecution at the hands of the communist Chinese government has in many cases been even more intense in Hong Kong than it has in mainland China.

"There is arbitrary detention, massive surveillance and a huge crackdown of legally elected legislators," Fu told Christian Today. "One church has had its bank account frozen – just for considering helping victims of political persecution."

He warned that under China's godless communist rule, liberty in Hong Kong is now a thing of the past.

"What is happening in Hong Kong sends a chilling message all over the world," Fu warned. "The world should take note: there is no rule of law anymore, no independence, no freedom of the press, no freedom of association, no freedom of speech anymore in Hong Kong. These are all gone."

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