» 02/11/2014, 00.00
Vietnam, hundreds of police deployed to arrest a dissident lawyer
Armed officers and government officials arrested Nguyen Bac Truyen, an activist who fights against forced evictions. The man was taken from the home of his future wife, detained and abused in jail. He is being charged with "theft of property" during a case. He served four years in prison for calling for the end to communist one-party rule.
Ho Chi Minh City ( AsiaNews / Agencies) - Hundreds
of police officers and government officials fired on and raided the home of a
Vietnamese dissident lawyer, who was arrested at the end of the blitz . The
operation took place over the weekend, in conjunction with the heavy criticisms
of the UN High Commissioner for systematic violations of human rights in the
Asian nation, where forced detention, imprisonment and abuse of government
critics as well as those of the Communist Party are the norm. Witnesses
said Nguyen Bac Truyen, a former political prisoner, was surrounded,
handcuffed, blindfolded and dragged away from the house of his girlfriend, Bin
Thi Kim Phuong, in the southern province of Dong Thap.
couple was in the woman's house preparing for their wedding which was to take
place in the coming days. Police
smashed windows, broke down the doors and destroyed the furnishings, in
addition to confiscating the man's laptop and phone. He
provides free legal assistance to victims of forced evictions, particularly in rural
areas and has been fighting a long time for a multi- party democracy in a
country still dominated by Communist ideology.
to the judiciary, he is under investigation for alleged "theft of property"
in the context of an ownership dispute. Activists
of the U.S. NGO Freedom House report
that was released after 24 hours of detention, but it is still "at risk
arrest or personal attacks".
2007 and 2010, Nguyen Bac Truyen was jailed along with two other people for breaching
Article 88 of the Penal Code, the infamous and controversial paragraph that
punishes those who "conduct propaganda against the state". Human
rights activists and members of the press have repeatedly accused Hanoi of
exploiting this law to "silence internal dissent". The
three men were part of the Bloc 8406 movement which emerged in April 2006 and campaigns
for the transformation of the country into a multi-party democracy. Released
in May 2010, since then he has been constantly subjected to personal attacks
and threats by the authorities.
Vietnamese government has been pursuing a harsh campaign against dissidents,
bloggers, religious leaders (including Buddhists), Catholic activists and entire
communities. A clear example of this was seen last
year in the diocese of Vinh, where national media and the government
promoted a smear campaign and targeted attacks against the bishop and faithful.
The repression also affects individuals guilty of claiming the right to
religious freedom and respect for citizens' civil rights.
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The lawyer and human rights activist was found guilty of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "disrupting the public peace” for online comments criticizing excessive force in Xinjiang, the honesty of the Communist Party and nationalist rhetoric over the islands disputed with Japan. He has already spent 19 months in jail, in "preventive detention". A leader of the Tiananmen movement, has spent the last 25 years in court defending activists and dissidents.
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Soon after the sham trial against a non-Catholic lawyer, defender of human rights, and attacks against those who peacefully followed the debate, the authorities fear a united front that might arise between believers and dissidents.
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