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Catholics assaulted by police for rallying against nation’s worst environmental disaster
The protest of the faithful of Song Ngoc parish to raise public awareness. The pastor wounded. Protesters braved police beatings and injuries. Ten months ago a Formosa plant dumped 12 thousand cubic meters of toxic liquid at sea. The central regions of the country are on their knees, compensation of 500 million dollars has never been distributed to the population.
17/08/2016 09:48:00 VIETNAM
Ky Anh, 4 thousand Catholics beaten by police for protesting against enviornmental disaster
The protesters were calling for justice after Formosa Plastic Group pollution leaves hundreds of fishing families hungry. The protest was headed for municipal offices but was blocked by police barricades. Several people were injured by truncheon blows.
06/02/2017 18:25:00 VIETNAM
Vietnamese activist accused of "abusing democratic freedoms"
Nguyen Van Hoa, who will be in detention during the investigation, is among a group of activists who exposed pollution damage caused by the Formosa Plastics Group to local communities. The disaster harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen.
Vietnamese journalist jailed for exposing regime scandal
Four defendants stood before the court for exposing the PMU 18 bribery affair. Those who defended themselves got harsher sentences.
Ho Chi Minh City Redemptorists accused of propaganda against the State
There are fears that priests might become the victims of a new wave of violence. Redemptorists criticise unfair seizures by the government in Hanoi and bauxite mining among the Montagnards of central Vietnam. Communist authorities quote Pope to prove their point but fail to involve the population in dialogue.
Government must show it protects religions, says Vinh-Long bishop
Mgr Thomas Nguyen Van Tan has called on the authorities to reconsider their decision to tear down the convent and chapel that belong to the Sisters of Saint Paul of Chartres. The Sisters’ provincial superior talks about how state-run media misrepresented a meeting with the People’s Committee to exchange ideas when in fact it was a press conference.
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