Alright, so a little over a week ago (October 30… Sorry we took a while), the Communist Party delivered their verdict on Viet Khang’s trial. After a half-day of rigorous show-trialling, the Communist Party, Viet Khang was sentenced to four years in prison and a supposed two years of house arrest.
On trial with Viet Khang is fellow musician/songwriter Hoang Nhat Thong (his real name is Tran Vu Anh Binh), who is also sentenced to a harsh prison term of six years in prison. Mr. Tran Vu Anh Binh wrote a song in honor of the democracy activist Dieu Cay, titled “Nguc Toi Hien Ngang”, or “Courage in the Dark prison”.
Viet Khang’s verdict is somewhat lighter than I expected (though it is still extremely harsh) when comparing to other democracy activists (Dieu Cay got 12 years). This may or may not be due to the international attention given to Viet Khang’s case, and there was a lot of attention from the Vietnamese community around the world regarding Viet Khang.
It is not yet clear what the situation in Vietnam is like now that a sentence has been placed on Viet Khang. What I am sure of however is that the arrests and unfair treatment of innocent people will continue. It’s a long and arduous process but there is really no way the Party can ever regain their legitimacy. They have demeaned themselves, the country, and the people of Vietnam for so long, it is no longer a tangible task for them to gain any respect from their people, the world, or each other.
A coward can only hide his cowardice for so long, and even then, he cannot fool himself into having courage. As far as the Communist Party is concerned, they are surviving off borrowed time. They can keep suppressing, they can keep censoring, and they can keep pretending they aren’t Chinese dogs. However, they cannot wipe the blood off their hands, and they will never again look valiant and righteous in the eyes of their people. Even the great regimes don’t last forever, and the Communists are definitely not the greats.