Attack On a Vietnam Monastery

August 4, 2009

Author: Krassimira Twigg

Source: BBC News

A recent attack on a monastery practising a non-traditional brand of Buddhism is just one of a number of incidents that has raised concerns about curbs on religious freedom in Vietnam. The BBC's Krassimira Twigg looks at the events at Bat Nha monastery.

On 29 June, a group of vigilantes tried to evict the monks and nuns living at the Bat Nha monastery in Vietnam's central highlands.

The attack left monks without food for two weeks and there is still no electricity or water at the monastery.

Although nobody was seriously hurt, buildings were ransacked, personal belongings were taken and monks were threatened.