Jailed pastor's son 'bludgeoned' with baton, detained by Vietnamese police amid US ambassador's visit

By The Christian Post

Catholics hold the holy cross while attending a mass as part of a three-day conclusion to the Holy Year celebrations at the La Vang Basilica, in Vietnam's central Quang Tri province January 5, 2011. | REUTERS/Kham

The wife of an imprisoned pastor and democracy activist in Vietnam says she and her family members were beaten and detained by police the day U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink visited their district. 

“On June 26, officers from the Quang Yen commune police department came to my house, ordering all the family members not to go out of the home for the next few days,” Nguyen Thi Lanh, the wife of Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, told Radio Free Asia’s Vietnamese service, which noted the "intensifying crackdown on human rights activists and dissidents [is occurring] six months before the Communist Party of Vietnam’s next five-yearly party congress."

On the following Monday night, the day before Kritenbrink’s visit, Communist authorities locked the gate surrounding the family’s home, according to the nonprofit broadcast service funded by the U.S. government. 

Source:The Christian Post