» 01/08/2008, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Hanoi Catholics demonstrate for parish land
While peaceful demonstrations for the restitution of the old building of the apostolic delegation in Hanoi continues, parishioners from Yhai Ha ask for church lands to be restored. But this time police intervene.
By attacking Catholics over Thai Ha, state media risk dividing Vietnamese
The newspapers deride the Hmong minority women who have taken part in the prayer vigils. But this risks creating opposition between Catholics and non-Catholics. Rumors of more arrests to come.
Hanoi police threaten Redemptorists and their supporters
With the clear intention of intimidation, security forces charge the religious with using their influence to incite the faithful in a confrontation with the government, destroying state property, assembling and praying illegally in public areas, and disturbing the public order.
Sentence against faithful of Thai Ha upheld. Catholics protest injustice
The appeals court has reconfirmed the sentence against the 8 who were calling for the return of land belonging to the parish. This morning, 5,000 Catholics marched for 12 kilometers to the site of the trial, and were stopped by 1,000 police officers in riot gear with guard dogs. The state television channel accuses the Redemptorists, and recommends that they be arrested. In Saigon, 5,000 Catholics and non-Catholics - together with local political authorities - took part in a prayer vigil. The eight defendants are "like Jesus."
Thai Ha priest insulted and threatened during Mass
A uniformed man bursts into the church in front of indifferent police agents, scaring children who were attending a weekly mass for Eucharistic groups. Some fear the act might be followed by more terrorist actions.
Catholics take to the streets in Hanoi demanding justice
Thousands of faithful began demonstrating this morning to defend Thai Ha Parish against the unlawful seizure of what is left of its land. They also protested against the defamation campaign against them by state TV.
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