Vietnam Police Beat Pastor, Destroy Bible School

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Police in Vietnam recently beat and arrested a Mennonite pastor before destroying his home and Bible school.
    
Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang is a human rights lawyer and chairman of the Vietnam Evangelical Fellowship.

On Tuesday, security officials raided the Bible school in Ho Chi Minh City and took Quang into custody. One eyewitness risked their freedom to take cell phone pictures of the scene.

"They are always looking for such excuses to suppress us," one leader, who requested anonymity, told Christianity News Today. "This event was carefully planned since at least September, when they started slandering Pastor Quang in the newspapers."
    
After Quang's arrest, bulldozers came and tore down the Bible school and his home.

The demolition itself, involving hundreds of government people, was pulled off with great precision," the anonymous leader said.

"During the demolition, they not only cordoned off the site, but we hear they also disabled the cell phones of some other church leaders in the city."

About 20 Bible school students -- most of them Hill Tribe Christians -- were detained, interrogated and escorted back to their rural villages.

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