Vietnamese Catholics protest arrests of lay activists
August 16, 2011
An estimated 2,000 Vietnamese Catholics joined in a prayer vigil on August 14 in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in support of the lay Catholics who have been arrested in a recent government crackdown.
At least 10 lay Catholics have been arrested in the dioceses of Vinh and Thanh Hoa. Half of those arrested were employed by the Redemptorist order, and involved in media affairs. The arrests are seen as part of a concerted campaign to intimidate Catholic activists. But those who joined in the prayer vigil insist that the intimidation campaign will fail. “The days of silence are over,” they declared.
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