» 01/15/2008, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Vietnamese Catholics broaden their protest demanding justice
After Hanoi and Hồ Chí Minh City, Hà Ðông is now the scene of protests. Local Catholics demand the return of their parish building but the authorities refuse claiming they got it as a gift.
In Ho Chi Minh City calls for justice and prayer for those who “persecute us”
About 7,000 people take part in a prayer vigil during which participants express communion with Hanoi Catholics, victims of a vicious attack by city authorities and the Communist Party. A “drastic action” against the Catholic community is feared.
Thousands of Catholics at prayer vigil in Ho Chi Minh City
Simultaneously with the ceremony, which was intended to express solidarity with the faithful of Hanoi, police in the capital intervened forcefully to disperse the faithful. Arrests and beatings.
The Catholics of Ho Chi Minh City manifest their solidarity with those of Hanoi
Thousands express their support for the peaceful protest in the capital, aimed at obtaining the restitution of territory confiscated from the parish of Thái Hà.
Prayer vigil in Ho Chi Minh City for parishioners of Thai Ha
5,000 go to the Redemptorist monastery, where a screen displays the faces of the eight faithful who will be tried. University students perform a play about those who were martyred in the attempt to wipe out Catholicism.
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