» 11/18/2011, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Catholics take to the streets in Hanoi demanding justice
Thousands of faithful began demonstrating this morning to defend Thai Ha Parish against the unlawful seizure of what is left of its land. They also protested against the defamation campaign against them by state TV.
Vietnamese authorities try again to seize Thai Ha Parish land
The neighbourhood People’s Committee says it wants to build a plant to treat wastewater from a nearby hospital. Parishioners protest. In a letter, the Redemptorist superior writes that the only solution “is the end of the water treatment project and the return of the property”.
Hanoi authorities’ unkept promises over Thai Ha
In a letter Redemptorist superior describes his attempts to solve by dialogue the dispute over land seized from the parish. Nine Vietnamese bishops have come to express their solidarity to the faithful who demand justice and non-discrimination for Catholics.
Hanoi, fresh attacks on Thai Ha Catholics’ property
The communist authorities want to expropriate more land belonging to the Redemptorists . Development plans and economic interests behind the seizure. Priests and faithful say the measure is "illegal", unethical and violates the rights of the Christian community.
Trial against eight Catholics from Thai Ha begins December 5
The accusation is that they destroyed property and disturbed public order, but even the police left off the first charge initially. It refers to the toppling of a three-meter section of a wall, which the authorities then destroyed completely to create a public park.
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.
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