Particular 33 Vietnamese Christians have been imprisoned for refusing to worship the Buddha. One of The group, who are part of the much-persecuted Hmong community, were arrested as they made their way to a local house for worship
According to international Christian Concern, Hmong Christians in Phá Lóm village, Tam Hợp commune, Nghệ An province were given a stipulation by officials renounce Jesus or face consequences.
It was told by Pastor Hoang Van Pa the ICC that four of the Christians were compressed and arrested and the village was raided three times twice in November and then again at the beginning of December.
Afterwards the raids, the ICC reports that authorities from the Vietnamese Interdisciplinary Inspection Team put 33 of the Christian’s in the community on public trial where they were asked to “abandon their religion and worship the Buddha statue instead.”
As per Mr. Dzung of the IIT, refusing to denounce Protestantism and convert to Buddhism will result in the expulsion from Vietnam.
The CBN News reports that early last year, the Vietnamese government passed law which gave the communist government greater control over religious practices in the country.
The outlet reports that of the one million Hmong people in Vietnam, about 300,000 of them are Christians, many of whom have faced various forms of persecution including, “rejection, harassment, discrimination, loss of property and even fierce attacks.”