A Vietnamese priest was banned from travelling abroad
A Vietnamese priest who serves veterans was banned from leaving his country while on a business trip to the U.S.
On October 24, Father Truong Hoang Vu, a Redemptorist priest, was stopped by public security officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City before his flight to Manila, the Philippines, and then to the US.
He told RFA’s Vietnamese service that he was temporarily banned from leaving the country at the airport due to “social order and safety reasons.”
According to UCA News, the airport’s public security unit considers the 45-year-old priest a threat and someone who affects national defense and security. If Father Vu wants to appeal that decision, he needs to contact the Public Security Department in Ho Chi Minh City to deal with his complaints.
Father Vu serves at Can Gio parish in the city, he constantly provides financial support for more than 6,000 disabled soldiers of former South Vietnam backed by the U.S.
He is not the only one who has been banned from leaving Vietnam. Father Vu is one of the six Redemptorists who have been prevented from departing their country. They are known for speaking out against social injustice, religious freedom, and illegally grabbing land.