Arrested Catholic activist accused of ‘undermining’ Vietnamese govt

Arrested Catholic activist accused of ‘undermining’ Vietnamese govt Teacher Nguyen Nang, who was arrested by Nghe An police on May 29, 2019. Photo Credit: Chân Trời Mới Media.

Police in Vietnam have been accused of abducting a Catholic advocate for social and charitable activities.

Nguyen Thi Tinh said her husband Nguyen Nang Tinh, 43, was seized and pushed into a truck by police officers while he and their two sons were on their way to breakfast on May 29, ucanews.com reported.

The official police newspaper in the province said Nang Tinh was arrested for “producing, disseminating or spreading information and documents aimed at undermining” Vietnam. Authorities also threatened to arrest other activists, including Fr Anthony Dang Huu Nam and Fr John Baptist Nguyen Dinh Thuc, whom they described as “reactionaries”.

Activities

After news of the abduction spread, hundreds of Catholics gathered on May 29 at My Khanh Church in the province to pray for Nang Tinh, who had been involved in rights, justice, cultural and religious activities in the Diocese of Vinh.

Presiding at the gathering, Fr Nam said: “I will be happy if communists hate, persecute, imprison or kill me as they have said because in that way I know I belong to God, the Church, the truth and you.”

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