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Cu Hat church demolition

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Published on May 6, 2009

This is actual footage taken by the cell phones of believers as their church in Cu Hat village was destroyed by the actions of Communist Vietnam's officials and police. These believers initially did not want the footage seen, as it puts them at risk and they wanted to work through the Government's avenues. However after months of government inactivity and hostility they felt it necessary to share with the public.

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COMPASS DIRECT NEWS: HO CHI MINH CITY, December 17 (Compass Direct News) Local government officials in Dak Lak Province this morning made good on their threat to destroy a new wooden church building erected in September by Hmong Christians in Cu Hat village. At 7 a.m. in Cu Dram Commune, Krong Bong district, a large contingent of government officials, police and demolition workers arrived at the site of a Vietnam Good News Mission and Church, razing it by 8:30 a.m. Police wielding electric cattle prods beat back hundreds of distraught Christians who rushed to the site to protect the building. Five injured people were taken away in an emergency vehicle authorities had brought to the scene. The injured included a child who suffered a broken arm and a pregnant woman who fainted after being poked in the stomach with an electric cattle prod. Villagers said they fear she may miscarry. By days end one badly injured woman had not yet been returned to the village, and authorities would not divulge where she was. One sad Vietnamese church leader said that the demolition of the church ahead of Christmas showed the heartlessness of officials toward Christian believers. They think no one will notice or do anything about what they do in a remote area, he said.

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