Petition against Violence in Bat Nha Monastery Vietnam

An URGENT petition against police violence in the Buddhist Monastery Bat Nha in Vietnam. For more information, please go to: http://helpbatnha.org/. The petition is ongoing. Please circulate as widely as possible.
September 27, 2009

We the undersigned would like to bring your attention to the violence that is taking place right now in the Buddhist monastery Bat Nha, in Vietnam.

At this very time the monks and nuns of Bat Nha are being dragged out of their monastery with force by a mob of vandalists, policemen, hired troops that uses much violence and aggression. The monks and nuns have been beaten up and pushed in trucks. They are being threatened to be killed if they do not obey.

The streets to the monastery are closed by the police, so that people who want to help the monastic community as well as the general public cannot get there.

The calls for help to the provincial government and the provincial police authorities are being ignored. According to Thich Duc Nghi, the elder of Bat Nha monastery, the entire action is being ordered by General Tran Tu of the Ministery of Police.

We are asking you urgently to speak up against the continuing violence and for the protection of the lives of 400 monks and nuns, most of them less then 30 years old.

For the latest report on Bat Nha please see http://helpbatnha.org/

For more background information see the New York Times article which is one of many reports in the media.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/09/22/world/AP-AS-Vietnam-Buddhist-Standoff.html?_r=3&emc=eta1

We are convinced that you have the power to reduce the terror and violence happening right now, in order to avoid that more violence will happen which we could only regret when it is too late.
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