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Police Beat and Shock Catholic Protestors in Hanoi

Police grabbed a woman praying at the site and took her away.Hostility toward Catholics and other Christians grows in Vietnam.

HANOI (CNA) - Several Catholic demonstrators protesting on Thursday night against the arrest of some their fellow parishioners were involved in a clash with Hanoi police outside of a police station. Demonstrators have claimed the police beat them and used stun guns on them, while the police chief claimed the demonstration was broken up peacefully.

For two weeks the parishioners of Thai Ha Church in Hanoi have been holding round-the-clock prayer vigils while demanding the return of land next to their church. According to the Redemptorists who run the parish, they originally purchased 15 acres of land in 1928. In 1954, the Communist government took control of northern Vietnam and jailed or deported most of Redemptorists. This left Fr. Joseph Vu Ngoc Bich to


Added: Sep-2-2008 
By: berlin_hamann
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  • Just one more thing. The Chinese do the same thing but does that keep you from shopping at Walmart?
    ok then.

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  • The Vietnese fought hard for their freedom from foreign control and religion.
    Can you possibly blame them for seeing this in their country after so many died to rid it from the mindset of so many?
    Think about it?
    What were the Vietnese praying too before the catholics showed up?
    I rest my case.

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  • Catholics need a good beating , but stun guns are going to far ..

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  • You also have to see this in the context that the Catholics were for the most part collaborators with the French colonial government which oppressed the Vietnamese until they were thrown out of the country tails between their legs after Dien Bien Phu in 1954.

    The land in question had belonged to the French Catholic church and when the French priests were kicked out it was taken over by the people.

    In order to work for the French colonial government Vietnamese had to convert to Christianity. It More..

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