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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

Vietnam detains Catholic activists

August 11, 2011

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Eight Catholics from central Vietnam were arrested after protesting for land rights and circulating a petition to free prominent legal rights activist Cu Huy Ha Vu, their lawyer and families said, according to a report on Monsters and 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. FULL STORY Eight Catholics arrested after taking part in protests (Monsters and PHOTO CREDIT Vectorportal on Flickr CC BY 2.0
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