Monday, May 9, 2011
Preacher: Hmong cult meeting broken up in Vietnam
(AP) – 2 hours ago
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A church official says security forces broke up a gathering of thousands of ethnic Hmong in northwest Vietnam where believers had been waiting for their God to appear and take them to the promised land.
Nguyen Huu Mac, head of the northern Evangelical Church of Vietnam, said Monday he has been in regular contact with participants in the cult gathering. Little more is known about the group.
The Communist government has released very little information about the gathering, and foreign media and diplomats have not been granted access.
The believers started arriving April 30 in Muong Nhe district of Dien Bien province.
Mac says church members said up to 5,000 Hmong waited for their God to appear and take them to the promised land May 21.