May 19, 2014
MAY 12 – MAY 18, 2014 Defenders’ Weekly: HOCHIMINH city security forces harassed and arrested many members of FVPOC and VNWHR
JOINT STATEMENT OF WORLDWIDE VIETNAMESE CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS ON CHINESE OIL RIG MOVE IN THE EEZ WATERS OF VIETNAM
On May 5, Beijing authorities placed HD 981 oil rig in EEZ waters of Vietnam. Beijing also sent 80 vessels, including seven warships to the area to prevent Vietnam from exercising its sovereignty.
The China’s move is provocative doing harm to peace and stability in the region. Public opinion in Vietnam and around the world are indignant at the invasion of China.
On May 11, 2014 , Vietnamese communities and civil society groups around the world issued a joint statement:
-Condemning the latest and boldest action of the People’s Republic of China.
– Connecting all Vietnamese all over the world to request Chinese forces to retreat immediately out of Vietnam’s waters. At the same time, objecting to the coward response of Vietnamese authorities.
-Asking the authorities for stopping repression and imprisonment of democratic dissidents, and releasing immediately all prisoners of conscience arrested on objection to China’s aggression.
-Urging the authorities to bring the incident to international courts so that China’s invasion will be multilaterally examined and fairly arbitrated.
-Calling for cooperation of ASEAN countries in the context the negotiations on Declaration on the conduct of parties in the south china sea will be adopted into ASEAN’S Code of Conduct in the South China Sea next weekend.
-Calling on the international community for denouncing China’s hegemonic ambition in the South China sea.
THE FIFTH PATRIARCH OF VIETNAMESE UNIFIED BUDDHIST CONGREGATION – THE MOST REVEREND THICH QUANG DO ANNOUNCED A THEE POINT STATEMENT ON CHINA’S INVASION IN VIETNAM’S EEZ WATERS
On May 11, 2014, the Insitute of Patriarch sent to International Buddhist Information Bureau a declaration of the supreme bicameral council of VUBC on China’s oil rig placement in Vietnam’s sovereign waters.
Under the exigency of the nation and in the indignation of Vietnamese people all over the country and the world, the bicameral Council of Vietnamese Uinfied Buddhist Congregation published a three point declaration:
-Asking the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Communist Party of Vietnam for practicing a resolute behavior to defend Vietnam’s territory integrity.
-Calling on all fellow countrymen, political parties, religious communities for urgently forming a “Rally against foreign aggression”, obstructing “China’s territory expansion” and consolidating all Vietnamese communities into a movement for democratization.
-Calling on all Chinese Buddhist monks, nuns and disciples for sharing love and compassion with Vietnamese people and demanding Chinese authorities to follow the moral “all men are brothers” and change territory expanding policy into cooperative actions in a reciprocal manner.
PROTESTS AND RIOTS SPREADING ACROSS BINH DUONG PROVINCE
In the morning of May 13, about 4000 Binh Duong workers went on strike protesting against China. Protests quickly spread throughout industrial parks such as Song Than, Linh Trung, Singapore…in Binh Duong Province.
Around 2 pm, the protest turned violent when extremists smashed and set fire to companies and factories of China. South Korea, Japan, Singapore-run companies were also partly affected.
In the evening, the rabble riding motorbikes from Binh Duong toward the Chinese Consulate General in Saigon. Armored vehicles, barbed wire were used to block the road to Consulate General. The army was deployed to put checks on Binh Duong workers rushing to Saigon.
On May 14, workers continued break down companies in Binh Duong, Dong Nai, some industrial parks on the outskirts of Saigon and then riots spread out to the northern provinces such as Thai Binh, Ha Tinh. The riot of more than 1000 workers at Vung Ang, Ha Tinh made two Chinese nationals dead and dozens of others injured.
THE PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA: SEMINAR ON LABOUR AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN VIETNAM
In the morning of May 14, 2014 at the Parliament of Australia, Bloc 8406 and Bloc 1706 jointly organized a seminar on labor rights, civil rights and human rights.
The Vietnamese delegation consisted of approximately 30 people with the main speaker-Ms. Tran Thi Ngoc Minh (Do Thi Minh Hanh’s mother). Ms. Hanh was – a young woman struggling for the rights of workers and peasants – sentenced 7 years in prison. Representatives of Bloc 8406 said it would actively campaign for prisoners of conscience currently detained in the country. Bloc 1706 will serve as supporters for the democracy movement in Vietnam. At the same time, Bloc 1706 ’s representatives called on Australia government for rendering Human rights as a prerequisite when offering Vietnam any financial aid.
On the whole, the seminar helped Australian statesmen better understand about Human rights violations in Vietnam. For Ms. Ngoc Minh, she is travelling all around the world to apprise the world of the situations of her daughter and other prisoners of conscience.
VNWHR’S MEMBER- LE THI PHUONG ANH- WAS ARRESTED
In the morning of May 15,2014, Ms. Le Thi Phuong Anh and her two friends Mr. Trung Nghia and Mr. Pham Minh Vu travelled to Dong Nai province.
Around 10.15 am, when Phuong Anh and Trung Nghia got close to Amata Industrial Park, a nearly 50 group of policemen, including policemen with yellow and green colored uniforms, blocked them. They asked Phuong Anh to delete all the images she took and then took these two to an unknown place. So far, their friends cannot contact them.
According to Mr. Le Anh Hung – Anh’s husband, at present, both the passwords of her facebook and gmail accounts were held by police.
One of two friends accompanying with her – Mr. Trung Nghia – was arrested. And Mr.Pham Minh Vu escaped police, but currently, cannot be reached out. He was likely to be arrested again later.
FVPOC expressed its serious concern about the riot in Binh Duong Province
On May 15, 2014, the group published a statement on Binh Duong riot with at least 500 arrested. FVPOC considered that the cause leading to the riot was that Vietnam authorities reacted cowardly and ineffectively to China’s hegemonic invasion. The incident was added up with the inherent discontent on low salary and maltreatment in factories because of lacking of Labour Union’s protection.
The group called on the authorities to respect the right to peaceful protest against China’s invasion.
It also urged security forces not to impose corporal punishment on detainees, and fairly and legally find genuine criminals. It also expressed its concern about current detention condition in Vietnam.
It also urged all social walks to exercise their freedom of expression by peaceful protest against China’s aggression.
TWO BLOGGERS – NGO NHAT DANG AND NGUYEN DINH HA – WERE CONFINED AT TAN SON NHAT AIRPORT
At 5 pm, on May 16, 2014, as soon as two bloggers Ngo Nhat Dang and Nguyen Dinh Ha came back to Tan Son Nhat Airport, in Hochiminh City from the United States, they were detained by security forces of the airport. Ngo Nhat Dang and Nguyen Dinh Ha along with four other bloggers went to Washington DC, U.S at the invitation of U.S. congressmen for a hearing on press freedom in Vietnam.
HOCHIMINH CITY SECURITY FORCES HARASSED MEMBERS OF FORMER VIETNAMESE PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE (FVPOC)
In the morning of May 17, at 8 am, Mr. Pham Chi Dung (FVPOC’s spokesman) was summoned to the municipal agency of investigation to “answer questions on his articles for the purpose of investigation”
At 3 pm, Mr. Pham Chi Dung came home and reported that security officers questioned him about his recent articles and recommended him for not taking part in the May 18 anti-China protest. Meanwhile, a delegation of municipal security forces came to his home to admonish his family to prevent him from demonstrations and ask for writing in a milder manner.
Security forces also surrounded tight Dr. Que’s residence in district 5, Hochiminh City on May 16-17. Dr Que is a FVPOC’s co-chairman.They called a police car to park right in front of his house for watching. On May 11, 2014 (the week before), they blocked all ways to his home.
Also, Hoc Mon district authorities repeatedly put pressure on Pham Ba Hair’s family (Mr.Hai is FVPOC’s coordinator). They continuously invited Hai’s family members to police station to “tell about business relating Pham Ba Hai”. Recently, plain-clothed police intentionally hit against his motorbikes four times while he was on the way to central Saigon. After that, Mr. Hai received a verbal order forbidding him not to come to Saigon on May 17-18.
POLICE SUPPRESSED THE MAY 18 ANTI-CHINA PROTESTS
Sunday morning, on May 18, 2014, Vietnam authorities mobilized a large number of police to prevent anti-China protest. These days, many civil society organizations have called for peaceful protests.
In Hanoi, active protesters were hindered from leaving home to protests. In the area near the Chinese Embassy, some 20-30 groups of protesters demonstrated, but were quickly dispersed.
In Saigon, police also drove off some 100-200 groups of protesters. Mass forces of police spread throughout the area of Saigon Opera House, April 30 Park and Youth Cultural center. So after a protest had taken place, many protesters were beaten and arrested and so far detained.
Summary by Chau Van Thi.
Translation by [rollinglinks]Huynh Thuc Vy[/rollinglinks]