» 04/05/2011, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Hanoi Catholics arrested and beaten for wanting to follow Cu Huy Vu trial
Among those detained by police are well known lawyer Le Quoc Quan, journalists, youth leaders. U.S. State Department "troubled" over the conduct of trial.
Catholics, arrested for supporting Cu Huy Ha Vu, released
Lawyer Le Quoc Quan also released, although state media had announced that all those arrested would be prosecuted. Immediately after release, the lawyer and his wife went to some churches in Hanoi had to give thanks for their support.
Catholics freed from prison. The Bishop of Vinh seeks solidarity
The 19 believers were arrested for hoisting a prayer tent near the ruins of the ancient church. The government has decided not to give back the land, instead it will build a public garden and a private resort. According to local authorities there are no Catholics in the area and there is no need for churches.
A Con Dau Catholic dies shortly after being released by police
Nguyen Nam was one of the faithful arrested, harassed and beaten since last May, following protests raised by the authorities' decision to use the area of the ancient cemetery of the village to build a tourist centre.
Fr. Nguyen Van Ly suffers a stroke in prison
The priest, a symbol of the struggle for religious freedom and democracy in Vietnam is semi-paralyzed, but can speak and responds to treatment. He was admitted to the military hospital in Hanoi and is being followed by the chief of cardiology. Family members report that he is "well treated" and "thanks" the doctors.
Priest beaten into a coma by police. Catholics Protest throughout Vietnam
Thousands of the faithful take part in demonstrations and prayer vigils in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The priest in a coma was beaten and then hurled from the 2nd floor of a hospital. Another was savagely beaten while 30 policemen stood by watching. The Diocese of Vinh publicly denounces the episode.
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