One more day to close our January budget gap—$7,407 short of our expenses. Your support needed NOW!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vietnamese police in violent crackdown on Catholic demonstrators

Catholic World News - September 06, 2013

Police fired shots in the air and attacked with clubs to disperse a group of Catholic demonstrators at a parish church in north-central Vietnam last week. Dozens of demonstrators were treated for injuries after the confrontation.

A group of about 300 Catholics had gathered at the Redemptorist church in My Yen, to protest the continued imprisonment of two parishioners who were arrested in June and have been held without formal charges. Police had announced that the two men—who had been outspoken advocates of religious freedom--would soon be released, but failed to fulfill that promise.

After demonstrating at local government offices, parishioners gathered outside the church, holding banners to call attention to the prisoners’ situation. Police dispersed the crowd in a violent assault—the latest in a series of confrontations in which Vietnamese authorities have cracked down on Catholic parishioners seeking to dramatize the government's restrictions on the Church.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our January expenses ($7,407 to go):
$35,000.00 $27,593.12
21% 79%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Human Mix of Good and Evil 22 hours ago
Conscientious objection to vaccinations 24 hours ago
Can Islam confront its problem with violence? January 30
On the failure of history—and historians—without Christ January 29
Salvation? No matter who we are, one price. January 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12