Following local complaints and international pressure, government authorities have decided to cover all the nuns' medical costs.
An appeal to the international community: "Make Beijing understand that these actions do not behoove a great nation like China". Tribute is paid "the strength of faith of Chinese Catholics".
One of the nuns risks permanent paralysis; another has gone blind in one eye. The government has offered 3000 yuan as compensation. The European and Italian Parliaments are asking China for full respect of religious freedom.
Inflicting violence and arresting Catholics generate sympathy and lead to more vocations. It is high time Beijing change its policies and fully recognise religious freedom. Here are the thoughts of a member of an underground community (whose name has been changed for the sake of security).
Yesterday, Catholics in Xian protested to call for justice.