To: The Honorable Brian C. Aggeler
Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy in Hanoi
From: International Movement for Democracy and Human Rights in Vietnam
Re: Report on the police crackdown on 1,700 protesters in front of office of Vietnam Congress in Saigon at 10PM July 18, 07.
Dear Mr. Aggeler,
At 10PM July 18, 07 Saigon time, the police dispatched over 1,500 male and female police equipped with electric prods, police trucks, animal control trucks and vans, etc. to disperse the sit-in protest of 1,700+ peasants from 19 different provinces who had gathered in front of the office of Vietnam Congress at 194 Hoang Van Thu Street, Saigon, Vietnam for almost a month.
These following arrested peasants are classified as protest leaders. 4 peasants were knocked down unconscious by police electric prods, 24 peasants were badly injured. 1 young man from Lam Dong province got serious head injury. 8 police ambulance vans full of injured protesters were seen leaving the protest site.
Also on the same night of July 18, 07, over 100 police also arrested 200+ protesters in Binh Thuan, Binh Phuoc and Soc Trang provinces who had been gathering permanently at Mai Xuan Thuong Park in Hanoi. Police have transported them away to unknown places in 2 trains.
These following peasants were arrested on July 18, 07 in front of Vietnam Congress office at 194 Hoang van Thu Street, Saigon, Vietnam:
1- Lu, Thi Thu Duyen, female, 34 years old
2- Vu, Thanh Phuong, female, 40+ years old
3- Pham, Thi Hien, female, 30+ years old
4- Cao, Que Hoa, female, 50+ years old
5- Le, Thi Nguyet, female. 50+ years old
Nguyá» n Trï¿½ (Chï¿½) DÅ©ng, Saigon Police Director announced that he will interrogate Lu, Thi Thu Duyen and Vu, Thanh Phuong for their active roles in (1) leading the sit-in protest, (2) participating in Bloc 8406 which has been founded last year by Nguyen Thanh Phong and Nguyen Binh Thanh and under Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Lyï¿½s spiritual guidance. These two men and Father Ly are being imprisoned.
Currently, we are not able to account for all other arrested peasants. We will provide you with further information as soon as possible. Thank you.
International Movement for Democracy and Human Rights in Vietnam