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Priests beaten with a metal rod in Vietnam

ICC Note:

A group of thugs believed to be working for a local police force abducted two priests and beat them in Vietnam. The two priests were forced into a van after arriving at an airport and driven into a forest with their heads covered. Then they were stripped, beaten with a metal bar, and robbed. A local resident found them wounded and disoriented. One of the pastors, Rev Nguyen Trung Ton, is an activist that promotes democracy and has served 2 years in prison for his work. Vietnam claims to protect religious freedom but often imprisons and suppresses religious activity.

3/3/2017 Vietnam (Asia News) – In late February, a group of thugs attacked Rev Nguyễn Trung Tôn (pictured), a Protestant clergyman, and his colleague, Rev Nguyễn Việt Tú, who were stripped, robbed and beaten with a metal bar. The attackers are thought to have been working for the police.

The two men were abducted in Ba Đồn (Quảng Bình province) where they had gone to meet other activists who had recently been subjected to police violence.

When they arrived at the airport at 9.30 am, Nguyễn Trung Tôn and the two were intercepted by a group of men who punched them and forced into a van.

In an interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA), Rev Tôn said that the kidnappers were security police in plain clothes.

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