Vietnam: Hanoi parish attacked by police
January 06, 2010
The Archdiocese of Hanoi is protesting a January 6 police raid on a parish in Dong Chiem, and the destruction of a crucifix that had stood on a boulder outside the parish church. An armed team of about 500 police officers accompanied a demolition squad that arrived at the parish early in the morning and used explosives to destroy the crucifix. When worshippers heard the explosion and rushed out, police drove them back, reports the pastor, Father Joseph Nguyen Van Huu. At least two parishioners were wounded and taken away,” he added.?Parishioners reported that they were beaten with nightsticks; police also used tear gas to disperse the crowd.