Four Activists Brutally Attacked by Thugs During Visit to Families of Jailed Mid-June Protesters
Victims of Dong Nai attack on Dec 7, 2018 (from left to right): Vo Ngoc Trai, Ngoc Anh, Nguyen Thanh Hai and Huynh Tan Tuyen
Defend the Defenders, December 8, 2018
Thugs supported by police have brutally attacked a group of four activists during their visit to families of imprisoned mid-June protesters in Vietnam’s southern province of Dong Nai, the victims informed Defend the Defenders.
In early evening of December 7, four activists named Huynh Tan Tuyen, Nguyen Thanh Hai, Vo Ngoc Trai and Ms. Ngoc Anh travelled with a car from their native province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau to Dong Nai in a bid to pay visits to some families of 15 local people who were convicted and imprisoned on charge of “causing public disorders” due to their participation in peaceful demonstration in Bien Hoa city on June 10.
The victims said their journey was closely monitored by security forces. Firstly, trafic police stopped their car for administrative check and dozens of plainclothes agents followed their vehicle.
When they were on their way about thirty kilometers to Bien Hoa city, plainclothes agents started their attack against the activists’ vehicle. Thugs riding on motorbikes threw big stones to their car, breaking the vehicle’s glasses and injuring the travellers.
One of stones injured Ms. Ngoc Anh’s head while Mr. Trai got severe injury. He lost a lot of blood but activists were forced to keep going because they felt that thugs would kill them if they stopped.