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Church Charity Event in Southern Vietnam Halted by the Police.
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Church Charity Event in Southern Vietnam Halted by the Police.

12/04/2019 Vietnam (International Christian Concern) – An event organized by the Catholic Church for disabled South Vietnamese veterans in the southern province of Tien Giang, received unexpected guests this week – police and thugs came and told them to stop.
According to Radio Free Asia, Rev. Le Ngoc Thanh of Sau Bong Redemptorist Church in the city of Can Tho in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region said that police officers and thugs in plainclothes mobilized to stop the former soldiers from accepting donations, an event which has six years of history to help ease the hardships faced by these veterans.
Thanh told RFA, “We distributed donations to injured soldiers from 13 provinces,” Thanh said. “A few weeks ago we also had events like this in Kien Giang, Bac Lieu, and Ca Mau, and everything went well.”

“But yesterday the situation was tense,” he said. “Veterans gathered at Cai Lay to wait to receive their gifts [for the Vietnamese New Year, known as Tet]. The first 10 veterans got their gifts without any problem, but after that, the police interfered and stopped the program.”
Vietnam’s communist government does not endorse such events, though they serve a crucial role by helping elderly and disabled veterans who receive no assistance from the government.

Church organizers and volunteers then moved the event to the city of My Tho in Tien Giang province, only to have the event to be disrupted again by traffic police, a rapid response police squad, other security forces, and local security personnel.
A veteran who was able to receive the monetary gift regardless told RFA, “I was very happy to hear that we would receive some gifts, but I’m scared,” he said. “I am afraid of the government because I was associated with the South Vietnam government.”
He also added that the Vietnamese government persecutes Catholic Church in the country.


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Police and thugs stop Catholics helping South Vietnam veterans in Tiền Giang

Fr Lê Ngọc Thanh, pastor at the Sáu Bọng church in Cần Thơ, reported the incident. “There were three to four people stationed every metre from the church,” he said. “They did not let veterans sit outside”. Redemptorist Fathers launched a programme to help disabled veterans in 2013.

Hanoi (AsiaNews) – Policemen and thugs in the southern province of Tiền Giang prevented the Catholic Church from helping former soldiers of the US-backed Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). The latter was defeated by Communist North Vietnam after 20 years of war reuniting the country in 1975.

Fr Lê Ngọc Thanh, pastor at the Sáu Bọng Redemptorist Church, Cần Thơ City, reported the incident. The clergyman, who runs a welfare programme for veterans, spoke to the Vietnamese service of Radio Free Asia yesterday, saying that plainclothes police officers along with a group of hooligans prevented veterans from receiving donations on Monday.

Volunteers working with Fr Giuse Hồ Đắc Tâm, pastor at the Cần Giờ Redemptorist Church (also in Tiền Giang province), had organised the event.

“We distributed donations to injured soldiers from 13 provinces,” Fr Thanh said. “A few weeks ago, we also held events like this in Kiên Giang, Bac Liêu and Cà Mau, and everything went well. But the day before yesterday the situation was tense.

“The veterans gathered at Cai Lậy to receive their gifts (for Tết, the Vietnamese New Year). The first ten got their gifts without any problem, but after that, the police interfered and stopped” the distribution.

Fr Thanh explained that Catholic organisers and volunteers moved everything to the city of Mỹ Tho, but here too the authorities intervened to block the initiative.

“The people who interfered with our event were uniformed policemen, traffic policemen, security people wearing masks, and thugs,” the priest said.

“There were three to four people stationed every metre from the church,” he said. “They did not let veterans sit outside the church.”

“People at the church told me to come there at 9:30 am,” said one veteran, “but they did not let us inside when we arrived.” Instead, “We walked around until we met some of the church’s people outside. They told us to wait for our gifts. We got our gifts.”

“I was very happy to hear that we would receive some gifts, but I’m scared,” he added. “I am afraid of the government because I was associated with the South Vietnam government.”

Redemptorist Fathers in Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon) launched their initiative in 2013 in order to provide disabled veterans of the South Vietnamese Army with donations.
This was done every year until May 2019, when Fr Lê Ngọc Thanh, head of the programme, was transferred. On 19 September, the Church in Cần Thơ announced that it would resume the programme.

In 1975, after the fall of Saigon to the Communist North, more than 250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers found themselves interned in “re-education” camps where they endured torture and malnutrition.

Some 20,000 soldiers who suffered severe injuries in battle were forgotten or outright abandoned by Vietnam’s communist regime, and are now eking out a living by begging.

Most veterans are Buddhists or ancestor worshippers, but some have become Catholic thanks to the show of charity by Redemptorist Fathers.

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Police And Thugs Thwart Church Charity Event For Disabled South Vietnam Veterans.
Wounded and disabled South Vietnamese military war veterans attend an event hosted by the Saigon Redemptorist Church in south Vietnam's Ho Chin Minh City in an undated photo.

Wounded and disabled South Vietnamese military war veterans attend an event hosted by the Saigon Redemptorist Church in south Vietnam’s Ho Chin Minh City in an undated photo. – Photo courtesy of Huynh Cong Thuan/Facebook.

Police and thugs broke up an event organized by the Catholic Church for disabled South Vietnamese military war veterans in the southern province of Tien Giang this week, a priest in charge of the the program told RFA’s Vietnamese Service Tuesday.

Rev. Le Ngoc Thanh of Sau Bong Redemptorist Church in the city of Can Tho in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region said that police officers and thugs mobilized to stop the former soldiers from accepting donations.

The event on Monday was held by volunteers in cooperation with Rev. Ho Dac Tam of the Redemptorist Church in the Tien Giang town of Can Gio, said Thanh, who runs a Vietnamese injured veterans program.

“We distributed donations to injured soldiers from 13 provinces,” he said. “A few weeks ago we also had events like this in Kien Giang, Bac Lieu, and Ca Mau [provinces], and everything went well.”

“But yesterday the situation was tense,” he said. “Veterans gathered in Cai Lay [district] to wait to receive their gifts [for the Vietnamese New Year, known as Tet]. The first 10 veterans got their gifts without any problem, but after that, the police interfered and stopped the program.”

Vietnam’s communist government and officially atheist state does not endorse such events, even though they play a crucial social services role by helping elderly and disabled veterans who would not otherwise receive assistance from the government.

Church organizers and volunteers then moved the event to the city of My Tho in Tien Giang province, but traffic police, a rapid response police squad, other security forces, and local security personnel disrupted the event, Thanh said.

“The people who interfered with our event were uniformed policemen, traffic policemen, security people wearing masks, and thugs,” the priest said.

“There were three to four people stationed every meter from the church,” he said. “They did not let veterans sit outside the church.”

RFA could not reach Tien Giang police for comment.
‘We got our gifts’

One veteran who participated in the program but did not want to give his name for safety reasons told RFA that he fears the Vietnamese government, which persecutes South Vietnamese military war veterans and the Catholic Church.

People at the church told me to come there at 9:30 a.m., but they did not let us inside when we arrived,” he said. “We walked around until we met some of the church’s people outside. They told us to wait for our gifts. We got our gifts.”
The veteran said he was a marine injured in the Battle of Quang Tri, the northernmost provincial capital of the U.S.-backed former Republic of South Vietnam, during the 1968 Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War.

My right hand was injured, and now I can’t do anything,” he said. “Life is tough.”

“I was very happy to hear that we would receive some gifts, but I’m scared,” he added. “I am afraid of the government because I was associated with the South Vietnam government.
The gift-giving event for disabled veterans of the South Vietnam military was initiated by the Saigon Redemptorist Church in 2013. It had been held annually until this May when Le Ngoc Thanh, who oversaw the program, was transferred.

On Sept. 19, the Redemptorist Church in Can Gio announced that it would resume the program.
After the fall of Saigon to Communist North Vietnam in 1975, more than a quarter million South Vietnamese soldiers were sent to “re-education” camps where they suffered torture and malnutrition, historians record.

Reported by RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by Viet Ha. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

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