Vietnamese Americans Rush Communist Leader's Motorcade!
Vietnamese Americans lined Bolsa Avenue in Westminster waiting for communist leader Nguyen Minh Triet to arrive in Southern California last night.
When he did arrive they rushed the intersection.
Hung Nguyen, 65, of Westminster, who was evacuated from Vietnam by Americans in 1973, jumps on the current Vietnamese flag. (LAT)
…65? Nice springs!
The protesters rushed into the intersection blocking traffic, waving flags and shouting “Freedom for Vietnam!”
The LA Times reported:
The anticipation of Triet’s arrival caused some confusion, as protesters occasionally mistook passing luxury cars for the Vietnamese president’s motorcade.
When a white Toyota Prius turned into the resort, several in the crowd began yelling.
“Go home, traitor,” cried Minh Pham, 45, a computer-chip manager who flew in from San Jose Friday afternoon. It was unclear whether the Prius’ occupants had anything to do with the Vietnamese president.
But at 7:45 p.m., a motorcade of more than a dozen vehicles — limousines, sport utility vehicles and police escorts — brought what everyone believed to be the president of Vietnam. The crowd spilled into the intersection, blocking traffic, waving flags and chanting “Freedom for Vietnam.”
Vietnamese American protester Andy Nguyen holding a large banner protests the visit of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet to the United States at the St. Regis Resort on Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif., Friday June 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Vietnamese American protesters from throughout Southern California stand at an intersection after they rushed to the street upon the arrival of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet at St. Regis Resort. (AP)
Vietnamese American protester Hung Nguyen dragging the Vietnamese flag on the street demonstrates against the visit of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet to the United States at the St. Regis Resort on Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif., Friday June 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
A Vietnamese American protester from Southern California holds pictures of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet at St. Regis Resort on Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif., Friday June 22, 2007, during a protest over the Vietnamese president’s visit to the White House. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Vietnamese American protesters of Southern California protest the visit of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet to United States at St. Regis Resort on Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif., Friday June 22, 2007. (AP)
The Vietnamese American Youth released this statement on Vietnam Presdient Triet’s visit to the United States:
President Triet is the latest and highest ranking Vietnamese government official to visit the United States with the expressed purpose of improving economic ties and increasing foreign investment to Viet Nam. Since diplomatic normalization, Viet Nam has gained significant bi-lateral trade with the United States, become a member of the World Trade Organization, hosted the Asian Pacific Economic Summit, and received Permanent Normal Trade Relation status from the United States Congress. Despite these economic advancements, the government has not made a good faith effort to raise the treatment of its citizens to international human rights standards, as it continues to harass, detain, and imprison – without cause or due process – democracy activists, religious leaders, political dissidents, and various other individuals who voiced opposition to government policies.
Recently, the government has intensified its crackdown on democracy activists and opposition voices by arresting members of a pro-democracy coalition and imprisoning individuals accused of propaganda to overthrow the people’s government. Examples include Father Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest sentenced to eight years of jail time for his leadership role in calling for democracy in Viet Nam. Of particular concern is Mr. Nguyen’s denial of an attorney or his ability to self-represent during trial. In another case, lawyer Le Thi Cong Nhan, a member of an opposing political party in Viet Nam, was sentenced to jail for similar charges of propaganda against the people’s government. Ms. Le was also tried in a closed-court session and was denied legal representation.
Today, despite economic developments, the current Vietnamese government has yet to recognize the fundamental rights of its citizens, including the right to have a free and independent press, the right to establish independent organizations and political parties, and the rights to due process with independent legal counsel and full legal representation.
Vietnamese American protesters from throughout Southern California protest the visit of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet to United States at St. Regis Resort on Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif., Friday June 22, 2007. Nguyen Minh Triet is leading a delegation of more than 100 Vietnamese businessmen to focus on accelerating U.S.-Vietnam trade relations. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)