U.S. helping China silence its people?

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Hong Kong tear gasAn American firm is apparently profiting from Hong Kong's fight against those who stand for democracy there.

Christian Defense Coalition Director Pat Mahoney, who recently led a group of American pastors to Hong Kong and participated in peaceful demonstrations and prayer rallies there for five days, tells OneNewsNow Sunday brought good news.

"The highest percentage of voters in the history of Hong Kong turned out and gave an overwhelming victory for the democracy candidates and a complete repudiation of China's oppressive policies," Mahoney says.

But before that, as his group participated in the demonstrations, they were threatened with arrest, tear gassed, and shot at with rubber bullets and water cannons. And while they have recovered, the gas was so strong it proved fatal to some animals.

In mainland China, meanwhile, police in Beijing recently raided the Wheat Bookstore and arrested its owner, Zhang Xiaomai, who was selling Bibles and Christian literature in a modern way. Brynne Lawrence of ChinaAid finds another matter just as concerning.

"The authorities seized purchase records … like all the way back to 2017," Lawrence relays. "The authorities have the names of people who have purchased these books, and they were going and interviewing them and asking them like, 'What was the purpose of buying this?' and so on and so forth."

Most of the customers who live nearby, even online customers, were told to bring in their purchases to police stations, and some of the books were confiscated. But ChinaAid warns that the information could also be used in the future.

"They could kind of use that to either crack down further on the people who are buying this type of literature, or … they could use it to monitor it. Either way, them having this information is not good," Lawrence asserts. "It doesn't necessarily spell a good end for the people buying these books."

The store also sold materials online throughout China, so tracking down all the customers will take time. As church members and leaders have been jailed, and as Christian church buildings have been bulldozed, the attacks on Zhang Xiaomai and the Christian Defense Coalition demonstrators continue China's oppressive tendencies against believers.

But by bringing home some of the canisters that were shot at them, Mahoney's group has made a disturbing discovery since returning to the states.

"Much to my shock and surprise, upon returning from Hong Kong to America, we found out that canisters and much of the tear gas is made here right in the United States in a company that's based in Pennsylvania," Mahoney reports.

So the American delegation that experienced the effects of the canisters is joining with members of Congress who voted in favor of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. They have introduced legislation to ban the sale of tear gas and other weapons to Hong Kong.

ChinaAid is calling for prayer for the Christians who are under attack throughout the country.


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