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Vietnamese Catholics attacked while carrying Christmas gifts to orphans
Attack took place in Kontum, where a group of volunteers were blocked by police and forced to turn back. One of the assaulted, tortured by the head of the local Communist Party, ended up in hospital with multiple internal injuries.
Vietnamese blogger arrested, Hanoi continues to repress dissidents
Authorities in Da Nang have arrested the famous blogger and activist Duy Nhat Truong and brought him to the capital for "questioning". He is accused of postig blogs criticizing the regime, single party rule and the appointment of new heads of governments and institutions. So far in 2013, Vietnam has jailed 38 people for "crimes against the state."
Kontum, communist authorities threaten to tear down 22 chapels. Appeal from Bishop
The leadership of Djak Tô district want to demolish dozens of private premises used for prayers and functions. The area lacks churches and in the past, people would travel up to 100 km to attend mass. Faithful turn to the bishop, who responds with a letter. While calling for calm, the prelate recalls the right to religious freedom recognized by the government.
Police in Hue seizes last bit of land belonging to Loan Ly Parish
Hundreds of agents attack parishioners, erect a fence around Catholic land. The authorities also block telephone and internet access to prevent the faithful from sounding the alarm. Local politicians and developers target the area. Work to remove the statue of Our Lady in La Vang resumes.
Hanoi's policy: eliminate Catholics
There is a fundamental lack of understanding on the part of the authorities of the very idea of religion behind the choice of oppression and discrimination as seen in the trial against the parishioners of Thai Ha.
Bishop of Vinh concerned by regime attacks, appeals for international support
In an interview with AsiaNews , Msgr . Paul Nguyen Thai Hop speaks of "a dangerous and worrying situation" for the Christians of the diocese, who are under the scrutiny of the Vietnamese authorities. He calls for the respect of human rights and the release of jailed parishioners. He also calls for " solidarity and support " for an end to " lies and slander ."
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