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"June crackdown" Continued...

Charlie Chang hands out pro-life brochures on a busy sidewalk Sunday in Chengdu.
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Charlie Chang hands out pro-life brochures on a busy sidewalk Sunday in Chengdu.
Police attack Chang as he returned to his car for more brochures.
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Police attack Chang as he returned to his car for more brochures.
Police continue to attack Chang.
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Police continue to attack Chang.
Police continue to beat Chang on the ground.
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Police continue to beat Chang on the ground.

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His wife took a few photos of the confrontation on her cell phone and immediately posted them on Weibo, which created a mixed response. “I saw a lot of people comment that they don’t think [abortion] is wrong, but that getting an abortion is typical,” Chang said in Chinese.“Why should you care what other people do? It made me upset. I think that getting hit by the police is a small thing, but so many people don’t understand that abortion is wrong. … This is why we must do this work.”

In another part of town, Wang, the Early Rain pastor, with his wife and his 7-year-old son decided to take a walk and pass out the brochures. As they finished, police approached Wang and told him to come with them to the local station. He obliged, and arrived at the station, where he was familiar with many of the officers who specifically keep watch over his church.

Because of Wang’s familiarity with Chinese law, he knew the police weren’t allowed to file a formal report without a just cause for arrest. Within half an hour, police released him after they found he had started evangelizing in response to their questions. On the way out, officers asked him not to pass the brochures out next year. He responded, “You know I’ll continue passing them out next year, and next year you’ll arrest me. Let’s just both do our part, what we think is right.”

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