» 01/21/2010, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Brother viciously beaten in Dong Chiem, a parish under siege
In a statement to be read in all churches until next Sunday, the archdiocese of Hanoi speaks of hundreds of police agents and soldiers forcibly blocking anyone who tries to reach the Dong Chiem parish church. Those who dare approach are threatened and can be arrested.
Redemptorists protest violence, while attacks on Hanoi churches feared
A letter by religious to authorities to reconstruct what happened in Dong Chiem and demands for an investigation and punishment of those responsible for aggression against a monk, as well as an end to attacks and siege at the parish. In the capital, groups of activists call for the resignation of the archbishop.
Violence has won: crosses removed from Dong Chiem
"Escorted" by police, some faithful were forced to bring the crucifixes that had placed on the mountain home. State media speak of parishioners "persuaded and educated" by the authorities, the parish priest denies it was a voluntary act.
Explosive used to demolish crucifix in a Hanoi Catholic cemetery
Police attacks parishioners trying to defend the sculpture. An unknown number of people are wounded. The Archdiocese slams the incident in Dong Chiem parish. Something similar occurred last November in Bau Sen.
Authorities deny attack on the parishioners of Dong Chiem
The vice president of the local People's Committee said that the cross was destroyed had been built illegally on public land and that the parish has rejected attempts to dialogue. But the archbishop of Hanoi insists that the hill has belonged to the church for more than one hundred years and the head of the Communist Party of Dong Chiem confirms the raid on the faithful.
Priests, lay people from Thái Hà parish who asked to speak to the authorities beaten and arrested
Two Redemptorist priests, a religious and some 30 Catholics were mistreated and arrested by police for filing a complaint with the People’s Committee of Hanoi because of land illegally seized by local authorities from Thái Hà Parish. This is the first time priests are arrested.
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