Vietnamese Police, Trained Dogs Attack Catholic Parishioners

Hanoi, Vietnam, Jan 7, 2010 / 02:09 am (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Hanoi has condemned an early Wednesday morning attack on Catholics by city police involved in the destruction of a crucifix in a parish cemetery. Pictures of the bloody clash show several people injured. The archdiocese reported that police attacked Dong Chiem parish at a time when both its pastor and assistant pastor were at the annual retreat at the archbishop’s office, J.B. An Dang tells CNA.

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"An estimated 500 heavily armed police officers and a large number of trained dogs were deployed to the area to protect an army engineering unit. The unit was tasked with destroying a large crucifix erected on a boulder inside the parish cemetery."News from Vietnam is always depressing. What can I say? It’s a communist country. Or is it now more correct to say “progressive?” This is where “progressive” gets us.

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