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Chinese Police Proudly Record Their Torture of Christians

Source: 29 May 2003 | NewsMax.com

Sister Ma and her family were sound asleep one night in May 2001, when Chinese Public Security Bureau police burst into her house and arrested her, her son and her daughter-in-law. The police left her 5-year-old grandson alone with nobody to take care of him. A 27-year-old woman, a friend and fellow Christian named Yu Zhongju, dropped by the house during the raid and was also arrested.

According to interviews with members of Sister Ma's house church and statements smuggled out of prison, dozens of church members were arrested at the same time and beaten with clubs, jolted with cattle prods and burned with cigarettes. When they fainted, buckets of water were poured on them to revive them. Interrogators stomped on the fingers of male prisoners and stripped off the clothes of young women prisoners and abused them.

Sister Ma never broke when she was tortured with beatings and electrical shocks. Even when she was close to death, she refused to disclose the names of members of her congregation or sign a statement renouncing her Christian faith.

While the physical abuse was almost unbearable, the mental torture was even worse. Throughout her ordeal, Sister Ma could hear the sounds of her son being tortured in the next room. They could hear each other's screams-additional incentives to betray their friends and their faith. Recalling this, Sister Ma began to sob. "They wanted me to hear (my son's) cries," she said. "It broke my heart."

According to VOM sources, Sister Ma was beaten to death while in custody. This kind of treatment has been common in China and other countries for more than half a century. In fact, more Christians have been martyred for their faith in the last century than all other centuries combined.

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