(AsiaNews) - Vietnam's communism is in some respect "pre-historic" even if it
is trying to modernise to remain in power, this according to experts who spoke
about recent events in the capital.
hundred members of Vietnam's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered community
(pictured) held their first parade in
the streets of Hanoi. Holding balloons and riding bicycles, they called for
greater tolerance in society.
unauthorised, the demonstration went off without a hitch with participants unmolested
by either bystanders or police. A protest against Chinese hegemony in the South China Sea ended instead in
the arrest of 50 activists.
some reason, the government thinks that political protesters are more dangerous
than gay people," said Nguyen Phuc Tiet, a young demonstrator.
in fact that the government is more open to homosexuality. Last month, Justice
Minister Ha Hung Cuong
said that Vietnam should reconsider its laws and recognise marriage between
people of the same sex. If this happened, Vietnam would be the first Asian
country to legalise gay marriage.
the Vietnamese Communist party, such "modernity" can be explained by its desire
to be accepted in the world economy, especially its main partner, the United
States. But some suspect that such "modernity" is also a way to hide some of
the dictatorship's "prehistoric" aspects, such arresting anti-China and
pro-democracy activists and bloggers.
respect, the government's attitude is even more "prehistoric," namely religion.
In fact, religious groups are kept under tight government leash-this is
especially true for Catholics.
told AsiaNews that in Con Cuông (Vinh), the regime
continues to harass Catholics, guilty
of practicing their faith, in various ways, including press campaigns
and physical attacks like stone throwing.
2011, the authorities arrested without charges 17 young Catholics and a Protestant.
In response, Fr Antony, a Redemptorist clergyman in Saigon, talked to over
3,000 people, asking them to "pray for Catholics, unfairly arrested and
victimised by the regime, and for our nation."
young believers find hard to believe is the fact that "government is so eager
to crack down on Catholics and yet unwilling to protect Vietnam's sovereignty
opinion in Vietnam is shocked by the inanity of the country's leaders,
following China's decision to place a garrison and its administration in
Sansha, in the Paracels."
government of Vietnam should defend our nation," said Fr Joseph, another
Redemptorist. "Instead, it just sent a diplomatic note."