» 01/14/2010, 00.00
J.B. An Dang
Dong Chiem is becoming a "Mount of Crosses"
The police have poured reinforcements and set up roadblocks to stop the pilgrimages of the faithful to the spot where the crucifix was destroyed, but people still manage to pass and erect other crosses on the hill. Demonstrations and protest.
The Vietnam News Agency denies Dong Chiem repression and attacks AsiaNews
The government agency says that AsiaNews reported "defamatory stories” regarding the "removal" of the crucifix. Other government sources say that the cross was destroyed by the faithful. Too bad that it was blown up with explosives, that police beatings stopped the parishioners protests and that bishops are inviting authorities not to encourage "further discontent, anger and distrust among the population"
In Dong Chiem Catholics beaten, a journalist wounded and a priest threatened
Attacked by uniformed and plainclothes police, who took his camera, the reporter was abandoned unconscious and bleeding in the street. Solidarity of the bishops of North Vietnam for Father Van Lien, accused by authorities of inducing"the faithful to commit crimes."
Sisters assaulted and beaten by police in Dong Chiem
The sisters were attacked by plain clothes police, their guide ends up in hospital. The Bishops conference requests the correction of a news report published by the official agency according to which they had sent New Year greetings to the Patriotic Front, the Communist Party organization.
Authorities deny attack on the parishioners of Dong Chiem
The vice president of the local People's Committee said that the cross was destroyed had been built illegally on public land and that the parish has rejected attempts to dialogue. But the archbishop of Hanoi insists that the hill has belonged to the church for more than one hundred years and the head of the Communist Party of Dong Chiem confirms the raid on the faithful.
Vietnamese bishops accuse the government crackdown on the destruction of the crucifix
The brutal attack on the crucifix of the cemetery in Hanoi and the destruction of sacred symbols "ingredients of the policies" of the communist regime in resolving disputes. The bishops call for dialogue to find a peaceful solution. The faithful build a new bamboo cross; the police arrest five Catholics and close down the site.
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