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State-run newspaper has falsely accused them of felling pine trees and threatening authorities, they say

Benedictine monks in Vietnam upset over 'untrue' media reports

A Benedictine monk checks a pine tree's resin after it was harvested by workers from a local company on May 15. A government-run newspaper has accused the monks of illegally felling trees in the forest and other illegal acts. (ucanews.com photo)

ucanews.com reporter, Hue
Vietnam

May 18, 2017

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Benedictines in central Vietnam have been accused of illegally felling pine trees in a news report but they vehemently deny the claims.

Phap Luat newspaper on May 5 accused Benedictine monks from Thien An Monastery of cutting down some 100 pine trees aged over 60 years in a forest near their monastery on the outskirts of Hue.

Phap Luat was one of four state-run newspapers that reported on the issue but was the only one to name the suspects as belonging to the monastery.

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