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Opposition still strong to government plans to develop bauxite mines
Vietnam plans to develop its rich bauxite reserves. Opponents object that the potential for an environmental disaster outweighs any limited advantages it might offer the country. Chinese companies head the project.
Vietnamese remember General Giap, 'Red Napoleon' and independence hero
On Friday, one of the most important figures in recent history passed away at the age of 102. After Ho Chi Minh, he was considered the father of modern Vietnam. His exploits on the field are still studied. However, in the final period of his life, he was shunned by the country's Communist leadership because of his opposition to unfettered exploitation of natural resources and Chinese interference.
Opposition to the government’s plans for the Central Highlands is a “patriotic” duty
Redemptorist superior responds to media attacks against two clergymen, saying that “protecting nature and the environment is a necessary condition for human development.” One of the two under attack is on the frontline in the battle for life, something which makes the government unhappy.
Redemptorist priest could be accused of plotting to overthrow Vietnam’s Communist regime
State media want an “immediate and severe” punishment for Fr Joseph Le Quang Uy. The police claims his laptop computer contained “bad content”. The clergyman says all he had on the computer were sermons and some articles critical of bauxite mining in the Central Highlands, a project that is even opposed by Vietnam’s mythical General Giáp.
Anti-Catholic violence designed to hide crisis and graft in Vietnam’s Communist Party
The persecution of Christians in Vinh is intended to divert attention from internal party divisions but it is also a sign of the profound contempt it is capable of, and of its willingness, in line with new economic ideas to sell out the country to its traditional enemy, China. The Church, which plays a role in raising consciousness, and Montagnard converts are condemned to disappear.
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.
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