Skip to comments.Hanoi : Thousands Hold Candlelight Vigil for Release of Catholic Lawyer Le Quoc Quan
Posted on 09/30/2013 9:05:17 AM PDT by marshmallow
On October 2 the first hearing in the activist trial, accused of tax fraud . The faithful carry signs and banners asking the government for his release. Similar initiatives in Ho Chi Minh City and Vinh , his native diocese. During the months of captivity he was not allowed to meet family or lawyer.
Hanoi ( AsiaNews) - Last night, thousands of Catholics in Hanoi attended a candlelight vigil of support and solidarity for the Catholic lawyer Le Quoc Quan, in jail for months on suspicion of "tax fraud". On October 2, the activist will appear in the court for the first day of his trial, originally slated for July and suddenly canceled by the court. He had been preparing for court for weeks with fasting and prayer, but a last minute "indisposition" of the judge led to a delay in the hearing. The parish of Thai Ha (pictured) was packed with the faithful, with signs and posters calling on the Vietnamese government for the "immediate release" of the lawyer who has been in jail since last December . Most of the participants in the event are young university and college students in Hanoi, who have decided to challenge the ban imposed by the school authorities and still participate in the peaceful protest.
Similar initiatives - torchlight processions and prayers - were held yesterday evening also in Ho Chi Minh City and Vinh , the scene of a violent attack against the bishop and the faithful by the local authorities and the state media which is also the hometown of the Catholic lawyer . Le Quoc Quan is also a member of the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Vietnamese bishops' conference .
Among the most important and significant Catholic activists in Vietnam , the lawyer was arrested by officials.....
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This man is a brave and selfless witness for Christ.
If anyone can post up how to pronounce “Le Quoc Quan” then I would appreciate it. I want to bring his name up in a prayer group but I don’t want to mangle it.
Rem,ember Jon F’n Cary said, “Nothing bad happened in VN after we left.”
The closest I can get from a name pronunciation site is something like LAY KERR QUERNG.