24 April, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 10/01/2008 12:52
VIETNAM
Video cameras, surveillance, paid demonstrations to intimidate the archbishop of Hanoi
by J.B. An Dang
No one can enter or leave the archbishop's residence without being videotaped. The authorities are acting openly, with the clear objective of forcing Archbishop Kiet to resign. Another church raided.

Hanoi (AsiaNews) - Video cameras, telephone surveillance equipment, "spontaneous" demonstrations with insults and threats, another raid on a church. The Hanoi authorities are doing everything they can to intimidate Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet, with the unconcealed objective of forcing his resignation or removal.

Video cameras and telephone surveillance equipment have been placed openly on the terrace of the Hoan Kiem elementary school (in the photo), to the right of the archbishop's residence, and on neighboring buildings. In practice, no one can enter or leave without being filmed, and the archbishop is essentially confined to his residence. Some appointments and celebrations have been rescheduled or canceled. Around the archbishop's residence, groups of elderly people are paid 20,000 dong (about 1.2 dollars) to pretend to be Catholic and shout at Archbishop Kiet to resign. The measures clearly have the purpose of intimidation.

The same objective was behind a raid carried out against the little church of Mac Thuong in Ly Nhan. Hundreds of thugs entered the building shouting obscenities and threatening the faithful, telling them  their lives will not be easy as long as the archbishop remains at his post.

On another front, the president of the people's committee of the district of Hoan Kiem, Hoang Cong Khoi, has fined the archbishop 1,750,000 dong (about 105 dollars) for placing a statue of the Pietà inside the building of the former apostolic delegation. The statue has been confiscated. The vice chancellor of the diocese, Fr John Le Trong Cung, has protested against the fine, saying that "the nunciature and its land are not state properties. They are Church properties. Hanoi Catholics did nothing wrong when they placed the statue on the grounds of the building". He also calls the fine "unlawful, as it violates section four of the ordinance on belief and religion".


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
10/02/2008 VIETNAM
Prime minister threatens Vietnamese Church, relations with Vatican
by Nguyen Hung
08/28/2008 VIETNAM
Hanoi police threaten Redemptorists and their supporters
by J.B. An Dang
12/01/2008 VIETNAM
Prayer vigil in Ho Chi Minh City for parishioners of Thai Ha
by J.B. An Dang
12/08/2008 VIETNAM
Thai Ha trial: thousands of Catholics protest against police
by J.B. An Dang
09/04/2008 VIETNAM
Archbishop denounces "numerous obstacles" in dialogue with Hanoi authorities

Editor's choices
ITALY - ASIA
Easter, victory over death and impotence
by Bernardo Cervellera
SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.