Vietnamese police organize violent attack on Catholic monastery

Vietnamese police organize violent attack on Catholic monastery

[No comment from the Vatican on this or earlier raids/attacks by police and thugs paid by the government, which wants to turn the monastery and its surrounding into an amusement park]

Catholic World News – June 30, 2017

Government officials orchestrated a violent attack on the Catholic monastery of Thien An, in Hué province, on June 28, the AsiaNews service reports.

A group of about 100 people, including police officers wearing plain clothes, broke into the monastery, knocked down a cross, and assaulted monks. Meanwhile uniformed police blocked local Catholics from the monastery, AsiaNews said.

The Thien An monastery has been the focus of a protracted legal dispute, with government officials attempting to seize the property and the monks arguing that the government’s claim to the property is illegal. A similar violence incident occurred almost exactly a year ago, on June 26, 2016, when police raided the monastery [as well as an earlier one in 2015].

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