Vietnamese Pastors and Followers Vow To Self-Immolate

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Harassed and forbidden to celebrate Christmas by police on Christmas Eve 2011, Mennonite Pastors Pham Ngoc Thach, Nguyen Hong Quang and almost 200 followers in Thu Duc District, Binh Duong Province vow to immolate themselves if the police did not cease their suppression campaign against their church.

The Vietnamese government mobilized police, army, and security forces along with armored vehicles to besiege the Pastors’ church on December 24 and 25, 2011. Contacted by Radio Free Asia Vietnamese service, Pastor Pham Ngoc Thach said that his vow of self-immolation would be an act of commitment to God, as deities in the past have suffered tragic deaths in order to protect their faith.

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