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Lao National Day

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 21 Dec 2004, 23:53
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Post 28 Nov 2005, 19:27
Saw this on BBC Worlds Day in Pictures:

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A Buddhist monk in Vientiane, capital of Laos, hangs a communist flag at a temple as the country cleans up ahead of Lao National Day at the end of the week.


Does anyone have an article about the celebration?
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Post 03 Dec 2005, 22:20
Wow I always thought the Buddhists didn't like communism.

Shows how much of an ignorant American I am.
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Post 03 Dec 2005, 23:00
I believe that you can only believe in two things in SouthEastern Asia according to the Communist governments of Laos and Vietnam: athiesm or Buddhism. Well at least thats how it was 10 years ago.
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Post 06 Dec 2005, 15:59
It's possible to have freedom of religion under socialism.
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Post 06 Dec 2005, 19:02
Most people would not consider Laos (or any any other country) a perfect socialist country.

As for South East Asian countries in general, their is a huge amount if religious freedom. You can be a buddist and still celebrate Christmas and things like that. Or it might just be the Japanese Shinto. Correct me if I'm wrong.

So no body heard anything about Lao National Day?
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Post 07 Dec 2005, 03:58
Indeed comrade. Back in 1960s, Indonesia adopted Socialism and religious freedom was ensured. Even in an interview with an Australian news agency, D. N. Aidit, the chairman of PKI said that religious freedom is celebrated and members of the CP were permitted to go to the mosque.

Vietnam also permitts religious freedom to a large extent even during and after the Vietnam War.

However, there have been considerate number of religious oppression in Thailand, between the southern Moslems and in Indonesia. between Moslem and Christians.

On the topic, I never heard about Lao National Day.
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Post 02 Jan 2006, 20:54
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It's possible to have freedom of religion under socialism



Certianly under socialism but there is much debat, if it can be tolerated under Communism itself.
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Post 02 Jan 2006, 22:32
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Wow I always thought the Buddhists didn't like communism.

Shows how much of an ignorant American I am.


Vietnamese monks were famous for housing Vietcong soldiers in their temples and giving them food and shelter during the Vietnam war.

And no people in South East Asia don't celebrate Christmas for the most part, that's Japan.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 22 Oct 2004, 15:15
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Post 02 Jan 2006, 22:36
Yes, besides, Buddhists were also severely oppressed by the catholic minority, that the leader Ngo Dinh Diem belonged to. So no wonder many would welcome the VC. The picture of the Buddhist monk setting fire to himself in protest of Diem is world famous.
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Post 02 Jan 2006, 23:18
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Yes, besides, Buddhists were also severely oppressed by the catholic minority, that the leader Ngo Dinh Diem belonged to. So no wonder many would welcome the VC. The picture of the Buddhist monk setting fire to himself in protest of Diem is world famous.


Sadly that picture has been turned into a "protest against communism" by western hippies.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Aug 2005, 18:27
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Post 21 Mar 2006, 01:19
I am back on the forums. As some of you know, I am an ethnic Lao. I have visited my homeland and family during the period of the National Day. I noticed that the countryside is now a good area and despite it still being very poor, is noticably better each year. The co-operative nature of farming is still in-place despite people saying they are reinstating Capitalism. The Party is as strong as ever and no one mentioned Marxism being outdated, only that Marxism-Leninism is the only path forward.

As for Buddhism, the vast majority of the country is Buddhist and it is openly practiced across the country and somewhat encouraged. There is total freedom of religion, though I will admit the people have overall a negative view of Christianity.
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