A federal judge has granted pastor and human rights campaigner Bob Fu a restraining order against a number of pro-China protestors who continue to gather outside his home. Fu is the founder of persecution watchdog China Aid, which monitors the Chinese government's treatment of Christians. He currently resides in the US state of Texas.
Fu says that the protestors are being funded by Chinese billionaire Miles Kwok, also known as Guo Wengui - Kwok is named on the restraining order, which prohibits protestors from coming within 50 feet of Fu, his family, or China Aid staff.
At one point, the harassment became so severe that Fu's teenage daughter had to be escorted out of her school by armed police and transported to protective custody. Following a number of death threats against his family, in November, Fu filed a lawsuit again Wengui accusing him of perpetrating a “multi-faceted campaign of character assassination” against him.
"Although claiming to support the Chinese pro-democracy movement, [Wengui] employs his vast legal, financial, and corporate resources, together with his robust social media presence, to systematically target pro-democracy and pro-religious freedom activists in the Chinese American community,” the lawsuit read. “Since 2018, [Wengui] has attacked Chinese human rights activists and bona fide CCP (Chinese Communist Party) dissidents in the United States. This year, Plaintiff Bob Fu became [Wengui's] latest target.”
"Dr Fu is an internationally recognized spokesperson for Christian ministry and religious freedom, and this abuse of his reputation and encouragement of violence against him must stop," his attorney, Lawrence Wilson of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston, said at the time.
"His decades of dedicated promotion of human rights and democracy in his homeland and around the world must not be subjected to these assaults. This lawsuit will now shine a bright light on the actions and motivations of Mr. Guo."
Last month, Fu claimed that the Bank of America had closed accounts of his whole family without any explanation. "Today it was discovered that "Bank of America" had begun political persecution," he tweeted on 26th February. "The bank forcibly closed the accounts of everyone in my family, young and old, without any prior notice. Called over for questioning and even claimed that they have the right to close at any time without explanation."
Fu suggested that it might have something to do with their visit to DC on 5th January, a day before the US capitol riots.
"Customer relationship for nearly 20 years. Everyone hastened to leave this dirty Communist Bank," he added. "The last time the financial crisis was a bank rescued by taxpayers' money, it was extremely shameful!"
The Bank of America has been in the headlines recently after allegedly disclosing to federal authorities the personal information of 211 customers who were thought to be involved in the riots.