After pastor beaten, interfaith group censures Vietnam govt
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Unregistered religious leaders are abducted, beaten and imprisoned but receive no help from officials
Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton in hospital on March 17 after being attacked by attackers who are suspected to be plainclothes police. (Photo by Son Le Van)
An interfaith group in Vietnam has condemned two separate cases of clerics allegedly being attacked or harassed by state security officers.
The Interfaith Council of Vietnam, a group of leaders from unregistered faiths, issued a statement after security officers allegedly abducted and assaulted a pastor and prevented an elderly Catholic priest from protesting against environmental pollution.
The March 19 statement, signed by 25 council members from Protestant and Catholic groups, the Unified Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam, and indigenous faiths of Cao Dai and Hoa Hao Buddhist sect, accused government authorities of deliberately "aiding and abetting police forces so that they protect communist rule."
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