(VOV) – Several websites overseas recently published stories, allegedly accusing the local administration of the central Nghe An province of suppressing Catholics in My Yen parish, Nghi Phuong commune, Nghi Loc district. What is the truth behind these slanderous allegations?
On September 3, approximately 1,000 parishioners in My Yen converged on the headquarters of the Nghi Phuong commune People’s Committee, opposing the local administration’s arrest of two parishioners.
They carried bandrolls, circled around the headquarters, offended and threw stones at six on-duty officials.
One day later, when the local administration was convening a meeting, 30 local Catholics, mostly women, tried to storm into the commune’s headquarters, demanding the release of Ngo Van Khoi and Nguyen Van Hai – two Yen My parishioners who had been earlier arrested for law violations.
Relevant forces prevented these elements from entering the buiding.
At 15.30pm the same day, the Trai Gao church bell rang out, inciting hundreds of local Catholics to rush to the commune’s headquarters.
Some extremists threw stones at on-duty officers, leaving several policemen and 14 parishioners seriously injured.
They pressured local authorities to sign a paper, demanding the provincial People’s Committee and provincial police release Khoi and Hai.
The incident came after Khoi and Hai were arrested in May for their law-breaking activities. Khoi, Hai and other parishioners chased away three Nghi Loc district’s policemen who were inquiring into the situation in the locality with representatives of the Ministry of Public Security.
The parishioners even vandalised the house of Dau Van Son – a local villager – suspecting Son of welcoming the officials.
After investigations, Nghe An police detained Khoi and Hai who later confessed to breaking the law.
The provincial administration and relevant forces immediately informed the local church’s bishop of the arrest and asked him to work closely with the administration to deal with the case according to the law and reveal the exact nature of the arrest to the public.
Despite the provincial government’s efforts, Yen My parishioners’ social disturbances which reached their climax on September 3-4, are serious law-breaking activities.
The naked truth refuted some Internet reports by domestic and overseas bad elements that the administration has suppressed religious freedom. These slanderous allegations will only strike a discordant note and soon be doomed to failure.