Gang Attack on Vietnamese Pastor was Ordered by the Government
Earlier this week, gang members stormed the church-house of pastor Thien An, beating him and members of his family with pipes and wooden clubs. The pastor was attacked by the thugs for his important role in Vietnam’s Catholic community, as the government considers religion a major threat to their legitimacy. It is widely believed that the thugs were hired by the Vietnamese police and were acting under their instruction. Pastor Thien An and his family were attacked by hired gangsters twice that day, once at 1:00 p.m., and then again at 8:30 p.m. In both cases, when calls were made to the police department, nobody answered the phone.
The connection between the gang attacks and the government police are fairly obvious. One week earlier, the pastor was visited by Vietnamese police, claiming that they needed to “investigate” his property. In one religious service not too long ago, the police barged into the pastor’s church-house and cut the sound system, preventing him from completing his service. During the intrusion of the pastor’s sermon, members of his family were terrorized and threatened with violence by the policemen involved.
The gang ordeal left many members of the pastor’s family with some severe injuries including cuts, bruises, and broken bones. Videos of the pastor and his family member’s injuries have been posted on Youtube, showing us just how brutal the gang/police attacks on the civilians really are. This attack on pastor Thien An and his family took place in Central Vietnam, in the province of Quang Nam.
Using hired thugs to terrorize the people is a common tactic of the Vietnamese government. When they want to cover their tracks or avoid getting their hands dirty, the Vietnamese Communist Party hire gangsters and criminals to do their bidding. Not only does the government fail to enforce laws, they actually encourage and participate in the criminal activities in Vietnam’s underworld. It is extremely disheartening, but, as one church pastor put it, “this is still our country’s rule-of-law.”