Hanoi Police Detain Five Activists during 3rd Anniversary of Brotherhood of Democracy

Activists gathered in Hanoi on Sunday to mark the 3rd anniversary of Brotherhood of Democracy
Activists gathered in Hanoi on Sunday to mark the 3rd anniversary of Brotherhood of Democracy

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By Vu Quoc Ngu, April 23, 2016

Security forces in Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi on April 23 detained five activists while they gathered with others to mark the 3rd anniversary of the pro-democracy group Brotherhood of Democracy.

Police arrested Ly Quang Son, former prisoner of conscience Pham Minh Vu, Do Tuan, Do Gia Long and Truong Dung at noon when the activists were taking their lunch at a local restaurant, and released them in late evening of Sunday.

Activists reported that they planned to hold a meeting in a cafeteria in Giai Phong Street, however, local police requested the owner not to serve for members of Brotherhood of Democracy and its guests.

The celebrities then moved to a restaurant nearby, however they were also rejected under police’s pressure.

Finally they went to a restaurant in Hoang Cau Street to take lunch there. When they were taking their meal, police officers came to detain the five activists without showing warranty. Police also wanted to carry out an administrative checking on other celebrities; however, they met strong protest from the activists who requested the police to show the order and reasons for checking.

The detainees said they were not beaten by police officers but Ly Quang Son complained that his Ipad was broken during the detention.

The detention aims to trouble celebrities as security forces don’t want local activists to meet and form larger group.

Brotherhood of Democracy was established by human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, who was arrested on December 16 last year, together with his assistant Ms. Le Thu Ha. The duo was charged with conducting anti-state propaganda under Article 88 of the Penal Code with maximum imprisonment of 20 years.

The pro-democracy group has hundreds of members across the nation. Vietnam’s government has considered it politically very dangerous for the communists’ power and has harassed its members in the past three years.

In order to maintain the country under a one-party, the Vietnamese communist government has not tolerated any criticism and made all efforts to prevent the formation of opposition party.

On April 8, Hanoi police also brutally beat and detained eight activists during a meeting in a cafeteria to mark the 10th anniversary of the pro-democracy group Bloc 8406. Police kept the detainees in custody until mid-night of the same day.

Vietnamese political dissidents, social activists and human rights defenders have been subjects to regular harassment, persecution and other inhumane treatments of local security forces, observers said.