Saturday, November 21, 2009

Persecution in Vietnam

The following video was taken in August in Vietnam. It appears to show local police raiding an unidentified church meeting held in a home and arresting several members.

The Vietnamese constitution guarantees religious freedom, but churches are required to register with the state, a move that results in numerous restrictions being placed upon the activities of such churches. As a result, many churches - including the one in the video - choose to remain unregistered.

Persecution of Christians in Vietnam is routinely harsh, with arbitrary arrests, harassment and fines being routine. A number of Christians are in prison with reports of several having died as a result of injuries sustained.

Underground house churches are particularly represented among ethnic tribal groups in the mountains of central and southern Vietnam.

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