Vietnam Jails Dissidents in Echo of Military-ruled Burma – The Irrawaddy, January 10, 2013
…According to Viet Tan’s account of the trial, “authorities mobilized hundreds of uniformed and plainclothes security police to block supporters and relatives of the defendants from gathering outside the court. Dozens of supporters—including elderly women and Catholic clergy—were physically attacked by police and temporarily detained.”
One of the 13 jailed yesterday, Nguyen Van Duyet, a workers’ rights activist, said in his final testimony that “Only Jesus Christ is our hope, love, and truth. I wish to send peace to everyone!”
What the verdict means for the relationship between Vietnam and the Catholic Church is not clear. Vietnam has Southeast Asia’s largest Catholic population after the Philippines, with an estimated 8-10 million believers…
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