(ChristianPost) – Police disbanded a women’s prayer meeting in Ho Chi Minh City at the home of a jailed Vietnamese Church leader and briefly detained 10 men who came to their aid, a media agency reported Thursday.
In an interview with Radio Free Asia, Le Thi Phu Dungwife of pastor Nguyen Hong Quang, outspoken general secretary of the Vietnamese Mennonite Churchreported that thirty-two Mennonite women were meeting for prayer on Mar. 8 when local police entered the private home where they were gathered and told them to disperse.
Although one of the women told the authorities that Prime Minister Phan Van Khai had issued a decree that their right of religious freedom is to be respected and they are to be helped, the police said that there had not yet been any permission and that they were not allowed to have religious activities in Quang’ s house. Le, who hosted the event, said none of the women were arrested but 10 men were taken into custody and released later the same day. She and three women were, however, reportedly asked to sign confessions.