Vietnam detains Catholic activists
Arrests of Catholics in Vietnam represent a new wave of persecution by the newly-appointed government, a banned political group said, according to Monsters and Critics.com.
August 11, 2011
Those arrested had "taken part in activities such as asking authorities to return land in Thai Ha province, or against a government-run Bauxite mining project," lawyer Le Quoc Quan said.
They were arrested between July 30 and August 8 in Vinh province, banned political group Viet Tan said.
The arrests represent a new wave of persecution by the newly appointed government, Viet Tan said.
Last week, thousands of Catholics in Vinh City took to the streets protesting against a decision by local authorities to seize land in Cau Ram parish to build a park dedicated to soldiers who died during the war with the United States, the report adds.
Eight Catholics arrested after taking part in protests (Monsters and Critics.com
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