On July 15, the wife of an imprisoned Christian penned a letter to her husband, who is being held in Tianjin, describing her reactions to his recent “subverting state power” charge.
Fan Lili, the wife of Gou Hongguo, a Christian and retired military official, incidentally learned of her husband’s charge through Weibo, a popular Chinese social media website. She says:
‘Subverting state power—a charge that makes me terror-stricken. In the past, I felt such a charge was distant, Even now, I still feel it’s very remote from us. He doesn’t have guns, cannons or money. With what could he subvert such powerful state?’
She went on to describe her husband as a ‘meticulous and kind-hearted man’ who has cared for his disabled brother for decades and always remembers her parents’ birthdays.
Police took Gou into police custody on July 10, 2015, during a crackdown on human rights lawyers and dissidents. Fan says:
‘July 10, 2015 is a day I will never forget. On that day, Ge Ping [Guo’s online pseudonym] wanted those who searched our house to leave behind a bank card for those of us at home who are old, weak and sick. Yet, they didn’t leave any bank card behind. From his looks, I could tell he was very sad, and I gave him a 100 Yuan bill [U.S. $15], the only money I had in my pocket. When he was taken into the police vehicle, he, with much difficulty, took out the 100 Yuan bill with his handcuffed hand and returned it to me. In this way, we shoved the 100 Yuan bill to each other several times and at last, he still managed to give the money to me. I tried not to let him see the tears in my eyes. What we pushed around to each other is not money, but love.’
Fan also recalls seeing a high-ranking official in a joyous mood when Gou was taken away. When her husband re-appeared, he was in a wheelchair.
After her husband’s arrest, Fan and her son travelled numerous times to Beijing and Tianjin to look for Gou, but none of the officials admitted to having taken Gou. Half a year later, she writes that learning his charge, though unfounded, provides her with some assurance and comfort, because now, at least she knows her husband is alive.
Source: China Aid