FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.September 07, 2013
– The Federation of Vietnamese Catholic Mass Media protests before the international community and sternly condemns the ongoing harsh persecution of Catholics by the Vietnamese government.
The date of September 04, 2013 should have been a joyful day of Catholics in the diocese of Vinh in Vietnam, as it was the day that the new auxiliary bishop of the diocese was installed. However, the Vietnamese government turned it into a day of mourning.
On that very afternoon, hundreds of public security agents, riot police, militia, professionally trained dogs brutally attacked a group of parishioners of My Yen, in the province of Nghe An.
At 3:30 pm, pursuant to the Promissory Note of the local government, signed on Sept 3, 2013, a group of parishioners of My Yen parish came to the office of the People Committee of Nghi Phuong commune to pick up and take two other parishioners – Peter Ngo Van Khoi and Anthony Nguyen Van Hai – who had been arrested illegally for unknown reasons.
Upon their arrival, they were surprised to learn that there was no such commitment to be undertaken. In contrary, the authorities were planning a large scale deployment with hundreds of public security agents, riot police, militia, professionally trained dogs, tear gas. .. to block the entrance to office of the People’s Committee of Nghi Phuong commune.
When a small group of Mr Khoi and Mr Hai relatives approaching the barbed- wire fence of the mobile police with the intention of going into the office of the People’s Committee, they were immediately met with tear gas, sticks, clubs, explosives, professional dogs. .. as the barbaric attack was launched. Many people fainted; the rest became panic stricken and ran off everywhere. Several ran off to take refuge at the houses across the street from the office of the People’s Committee of the Commune.