» 09/19/2008, 00.00
In Hanoi, stance of repression against Catholics seems to have won
In spite of the commitments made, laborers have begun work on the building of the former nunciature, while another demonstrator has been arrested in Thai Ha, and the people's committee has ordered parishioners to "liberate" the land that the parish is asking to have restored.
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.
Threats and media attacks against the Catholics of Dong Da
After summoning the superior of the Redemptorists, the authorities have launched a campaign of accusations on national television and in the newspapers, with accusations against the faithful who are asking for the restitution of the land of the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Hanoi, and calls for "drastic action" against them.
Communist party attacks archbishop of Hanoi
Long, accusing articles in the party's newspaper, while the mayor of the capital sends "warnings" to the prelate, to the superior of the Redemptorists, and to three other priests. Announcement that Thai Ha will also become a public park, like the former apostolic delegation.
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.
Thai Ha property has also become a public park
Police arrest and threaten priests and faithful, but some of those arrested have been released from jail. Now the authorities to warn that the sewer line will pass through the site of the chapel of St. Gerard. The media campaign against the bishop continues.
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