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Footage: Protesters in Saigon Fight Back Against Government Crackdown, Police Forced to Flee

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2015 by Ian Pham

Saigon Protest, April 2015

Photo via Dan Lam Bao

Earlier this month, the city of Saigon and its surrounding areas were swept by a series of major worker demonstrations. The protests lasted more than a week, and sparked a confrontation between communist authorities and protest participants. Resistance to government crackdown was so fierce that members of the VCP police were forced to flee, with protesters giving chase.

For eight consecutive days, workers took to the streets to protest against the Vietnamese Communist government in response to a new law passed last November that limits citizens’ eligibility to claim social insurance. As a result of the new legislation, the people of Vietnam are unable to collect the social insurance money, which they have been paying into all their working lives, until the ages of 55 and 60, for women and men, respectively.

The social insurance fund is paid for by the working population of Vietnam through taxes, and is supposed to be available to the people during periods of unemployment. However, because of the new law passed by the Communist government, the people will be unable to claim any of this money until they are well approaching the age of seniority. This presents some obvious problems, such as the fact that the majority of Vietnam’s working population is well below the age range of 55-60, and are therefore the largest age group that will need to claim this money.

Another pressing issue that workers identify with this social insurance legislation is the fear that there may not be any money left in the fund by the time they reach ages 55 and 60. As one may or may not know, the VCP has a tendency to appropriate money inappropriately, allocating funds that do not belong to them right into their own pockets. Corruption within the VCP is a widely known reality, and like the many cases in the past, it is suspected that the government is siphoning money from the social insurance fund, just like they do in so many other areas of the treasury. The age restriction is believed to be a ploy by the Communist Party to bide time and prevent citizens from claiming money that no longer exists as a result of government corruption.

Thus, in reaction to the new law and all its implications, the workers in Southern Vietnam assembled in the streets of Saigon to protest against the VCP. The protests lasted for eight days between late March and early April, 2015, and drew as many as 90,000 participants on its first day alone. It would eventually expand to nearby cities as well, sparking strikes in Binh Duong, Long An, Tay Ninh, and Tien Giang.

In typical communist fashion, the police were called in to terrorize and crackdown on the protesters, with the ultimate goal of crushing the demonstration. However, in an unprecedented twist, the protesters in Saigon turned against the government forces and fought them back, causing many policemen to flee from the scene.

The event is captured on video and can be seen below, via Dan Lam Bao:

As can be seen, the VCP police force attempted to surround the protesters using their typical crackdown tactics. Only this time, the protesters pushed them right back, and in the end, caused the police to break up and run like a pack of ducks. Just goes to show how cowardly the communist forces actually are. They are trained to surround, isolate, and terrorize people who don’t fight back. When met with fierce resistance however, as exemplified by the video above, they just drop everything and run.

Communist Police Running Away From Protesters

Communist police. Bunch of pathetic losers.

DMCS.

Sources:

Ban doc Dan Lam Bao, Ban doc Dan Lam Bao (2), CTV (Dan Lam Bao)Hoang Tran (Dan Lam Bao), Ngoc An (Dan Lam Bao)

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Welcoming 2012: Can The Communist Party Get Any Dumber?

Posted in Opinions, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by Ian Pham

The more I think about the Communist regime in Vietnam, the less I am able to respect this poor excuse for a bumbling government.  It is simple enough, there is really nothing respectable about the Communists in Vietnam.  They sell out the country to foreigners, enrich themselves through the pockets of the people, and jail the patriots who speak out against the Chinese invaders. These are all well known among those of us who study the happenings of Vietnam today.  Once in a while however, the Vietnamese government would go even further to do something so mindnumbingly stupid, completely boggling the mind of anyone with a shred of common sense.

There are numerous examples in the last two years alone.  Just one year ago, last January, the Vietnamese government decided to attack American diplomat Christian Marchant.  Marchant was simply on his way to pay a visit to father Nguyen Van Ly, a known democracy activist and religious figure in Vietnam.  Marchant’s visit with Father Ly was by no means a threat to the government.  Yet they still felt compelled to send the police to corner and beat up the American diplomat.  As a result, U.S.-Vietnam relations were unnecesarilly strained, slowing down the process of normalization that Vietnam has been trying so hard to cultivate with America.

Earlier than that, in the fall of 2010, news circulated that the Vietnamese Communists have approved a movie deal with the Chinese, giving the Chinese full creative control over the life and times of the great Vietnamese emperor, Ly Cong Uan.  The historical accuracy of this movie was, to say the least, extremely poor.  The directors of the movie dressed up the emperor in Chinese robes, surrounded him with Chinese officials, and his palace is designed after Chinese architecture.  Furthermore, the movie is shot in China, and all the major characters were dressed and decorated like they were Chinese.  Luckily, the movie never saw the light of day, for fear of public outrage by the Vietnamese population.  They literally gave the Chinese a chance to further rewrite Vietnam’s history and almost succeeded.

Just a few months ago in October, the U.S. government wanted to cooperate with the Vietnamese government on a Vietnam War repatriation project.  The United States offered free financial support to the VCP as a show of good will, asking them to recover the bodies of all the soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.  This includes not only North Vietnam, but American and South Vietnamese soldiers as well.  Unfortunately, because of their arrogance, the VCP rejected American support, refusing to repatriate the corpses of the South Vietnamese.  The war has been over for nearly 40 years, yet they still can’t move on.  This was an opportunity for the Communists to project to the world that they were dignified, progressive, and most importantly, valueing human life.  They had nothing to lose and so much to gain.  Sadly, they were too stupid to understand this, and blew another opportunity to improve their international image and get closer to the U.S., both of which are goals they have been desperately striving for.

The latest act of stupidity took place only several weeks ago with the recent visit of China’s future President, Xi Jinping.  In an attempt to cater to the next supreme leader of China, the Vietnamese Communists decided to greet the man with a modified Chinese flag.  The standard national flag of the People’s Republic of China has one big gold star surrounded by four smaller stars.  It is widely understood that the stars on the flag represent the Socialist aspects of the country, though that is not the full story.  Alternatively, and unoffically, the stars on the flag also represent the ethnic groups of China.  The large star represents the majority Han people, while the smaller stars make up the other ethnicities of the country: Xinjiang, Mongolia, Tibet, and Manchuria.  Upon Xi Jinping’s visit, the Vietnamese Communists added another small star to the flag.  What they meant by that gesture is pretty self explanatory.  After all, which country has China been trying to take all this time?

It gives me chills thinking about why the Communists in Vietnam would even think of adding another star to that Chinese flag.  The Vietnamese government has done some stupid things, and they do not show signs of getting smarter.  What I’ve mentioned above are just a few of many, and have only taken place within the past year or so.  It would be an understatement to say that Vietnam is in serious trouble, and another understatement to say that the country needs a change.  What can we expect from the Vietnamese Communist Party in 2012?  It is still unclear, they are so unpredictable and erratic, we can never know what they will do next.  It is very devestating that Vietnam is run by these individuals.  Please excuse my crassness, for if I didn’t know any better, I would say that this Socialist Republic of Vietnam is run by a bunch of retards.  Happy 2012!

Gang Attack on Vietnamese Pastor was Ordered by the Government

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2011 by Ian Pham

Earlier this week, gang members stormed the church-house of pastor Thien An, beating him and members of his family with pipes and wooden clubs.  The pastor was attacked by the thugs for his important role in Vietnam’s Catholic community, as the government considers religion a major threat to their legitimacy.  It is widely believed that the thugs were hired by the Vietnamese police and were acting under their instruction.  Pastor Thien An and his family were attacked by hired gangsters twice that day, once at 1:00 p.m., and then again at 8:30 p.m.  In both cases, when calls were made to the police department, nobody answered the phone.

The connection between the gang attacks and the government police are fairly obvious.  One week earlier, the pastor was visited by Vietnamese police, claiming that they needed to “investigate” his property.  In one religious service not too long ago, the police barged into the pastor’s church-house and cut the sound system, preventing him from completing his service.  During the intrusion of the pastor’s sermon, members of his family were terrorized and threatened with violence by the policemen involved.

The gang ordeal left many members of the pastor’s family with some severe injuries including cuts, bruises, and broken bones.  Videos of the pastor and his family member’s injuries have been posted on Youtube, showing us just how brutal the gang/police attacks on the civilians really are.  This attack on pastor Thien An and his family took place in Central Vietnam, in the province of Quang Nam.

Using hired thugs to terrorize the people is a common tactic of the Vietnamese government.  When they want to cover their tracks or avoid getting their hands dirty, the Vietnamese Communist Party hire gangsters and criminals to do their bidding.  Not only does the government fail to enforce laws, they actually encourage and participate in the criminal activities in Vietnam’s underworld.  It is extremely disheartening, but, as one church pastor put it, “this is still our country’s rule-of-law.”

Core Causes for Vietnam’s Troubled Economy

Posted in Economics, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2011 by Ian Pham

Vietnam has been struggling to deal with a number of major economic problems over the past year.  The inflation rate of Vietnam’s currency, the dong, has been rapidly rising, while major corporations, such as shipbuilder Vinashin, hovers on the brink of bankruptcy.  According to Bloomberg News (October 5, 2011), Vietnam’s inflation rate has exceeded 20%, becoming the highest of the 17 countries in Southeast Asia.  The country is also facing big trade deficits, brewing difficulties in the banking industry, and continued decline in investor confidence.

Many different causes can be attributed to Vietnam’s economic woes, but none are more prevalent than the corruption and poor, incompetent management that is the Vietnamese government.  It is true that the world is at risk of facing another economic downturn and that many other countries are facing their own economic problems.  However, in the case of Vietnam, the problem stems much deeper than the simple shortcomings of their monetary and fiscal policies.  The problem is what happens behind the scenes of the Communist Party, and how atrociously the government is running the country.

Analysts often describe Vietnam’s economy on the same level as other nations, as if the country was transparent and fair like its counterparts in the global market.  Though this is the fair method of measurement, putting Vietnam on equal grounds with other more democratic countries, it fails to bring to light the real shortcomings of how Vietnam’s economy is run.  It is not just the policies on the surface that is the cause of the downward spiral of Vietnam’s economy.  The economic issues in Vietnam have less to do with the global market, and more with the leaders themselves.

The Political Bureau of Vietnam, the country’s supreme governing body, plays a major role in what goes on inside Vietnam’s economy.  They could care less about the health of their economy, their investors, or even the wellbeing of their own people.  The only thing they care about is maintaining power and filling their own pockets with foreign investment money.  It is a sad truth, but much of the money that should be circulating within the Vietnamese economy is actually flowing right into the bank accounts of Vietnam’s so-called leaders.

Vietnam’s double-digit inflations and bankruptcy of major companies are all due to the fact that their powerful statesmen do not know how to run the economy.  Nguyen Tan Dung has no business trying to shape Vietnam’s economic policy.  He’s a billionaire, with no qualifications whatsoever, where does all the money come from?  Men such as him are the reasons why China is so free to bully their way across the Eastern Sea.  After all, the Chinese Communists are the ones paying off the Politburo in Vietnam, contributing to the repression of the Vietnamese people, and the woes of Vietnam’s economy.

Vietnam’s Communist Leaders: Money, Power, But No Respect

Posted in IV. Columns, Politics with tags , , , , , on September 15, 2011 by Ian Pham

For a long time now, we have gone over all the problems that Vietnam is faced with, along the different ways to fix them.  We’ve been discussing the possible strategies that the Vietnamese leadership could take to turn the country around, as well as how to deal with the coming Chinese invasion.  Even with all this discussion, the change that happens in Vietnam is so limited, it seems like nothing substantial is actually happening.  China is still bullying Vietnamese fishermen in the eastern sea, poverty and violence is still rampant inside the country, and the human rights situation is as bad as it has ever been.

What’s with all this lack of progress?  Why are the Vietnamese Communists still making all the foolish decisions that they’ve been making in the past?  Furthermore, why have the Communists not corrected so many of the obvious problems afflicting the country such as human rights and corruption?  These issues are not hard to fix, and it’s not like they are left to deal with these problems alone either.  Countries like the U.S., Canada, and many western countries see many personal benefits in helping Vietnam fix itself.  Sadly, the leadership in Vietnam has not caught on, or have they?  Vietnam has been presented with so many golden opportunities, why haven’t they capitalized on them?

Let’s clear this up right now.  To a certain extent, the problems plaguing Vietnam today can be attributed to what we call the stupidity of the Communist Party.  However, this explanation is way over simplified and does not accurately depict what the leaders in Vietnam are thinking.  The reality is, they actually do understand all the benefits that they could bring to Vietnam.  Everything we have talked about, all the obvious and practical solutions that I have presented over the existence of this blog, the Communists already know.  They know that fighting corruption would improve the country’s development in a substantial way.  Not only that, they do understand that fixing human rights would definitely win the U.S. over to their side.  Surprisingly enough, they also understand that the country’s people has enormous potential, and that becoming democratic would lead the country into a new era of prosperity.  So with all this in mind, why do they still maintain the broken system, the corruption, and the repression?

The reason for the prevalence of this status quo by the Communist Party is simple.  Despite the knowledge that a few small but critical reforms can transform the country for the better, the leaders in Vietnam just can’t bare to part from the money and power that comes from being a Communist dictator.  Communists members like Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, former General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, and the rest of the Politburo keep the Communist system alive because it allows them to benefit from the pain and suffering of the Vietnamese people.  As the inheritors to the money and power, the “men” at the height of the Communist Party are entitled to many privileges and lavishness.  They will do anything to make sure that they do not lose this entitlement.  These Communist pigs would not hesitate to kill their own people, or even to sell out the country to the Chinese, as long as they can defend their own power.

The Communist leaders themselves do not believe in the ideals in which The Party identifies itself with.  They know that Communism is dead, they know that Ho Chi Minh lied to everyone, they know how harmful the status quo is to every citizen in the country.  The Communist know all of this, but they refuse to change it because they are too greedy, selfish, and cowardly.  If they decided to side with the U.S., they would have to deal with the corruption and human rights.  If they were to crackdown on corruption, they would no longer be able to syphon the money from Vietnam’s economy.   If they improved human rights, then the people would rise up and hold them accountable for their corruption.  Lastly, if they let their people see the smallest glimpse of what democracy can bring to Vietnam, The Party would cease to exist as we known it.  As a result, the Communists would lose all of their powers and privileges, and fail to amount to anything.

For all the reasons mentioned above, the Communists will do everything in their power to keep the country weak and their people ignorant.  They would not hesitate to let their own people die at the hands of the Communist police or the Chinese pirates.  There is no telling how far they would go to defend the power that they inherited from their revolutionary predecessors.  That is why, when we characterize the Communist Party, we know they have money, we know they have power, and we definitely know that no one respects them.  It is actually wrong to even call them leaders, a more accurate word to describe them would be cockroaches.

Vietnam’s Shipbuilding Company Collapses

Posted in Economics with tags , , , , on May 19, 2011 by Ian Pham

Anyone seeking substantial evidence of Vietnam’s unstable economy may want to take a look at the current state of Vinashin, the country’s state-run shipbuilding corporation.  What was meant to be Vietnam’s first great leap into the industrial era has turned out to be a major fiasco.  Vinashin was the Communist Party’s attempt to lead Vietnam’s economy into the shipbuilding arena.  The had hoped to create more heavy industries in Vietnam, with Vinashin at the forefront of this path to modernization. Unfortunately for them, this dream will not become a reality.  Vinashin has run up a debt of $4.4 billion, with $600 million of this money owed to foreign investors.

As a state-run company, Vinashin was depending on some government assistance to keep the company afloat.  However, at least to the company’s surprise, the government did not come to their assistance.  In 2007, the government sent a letter to Vinashin that expressed their support for the company, safeguarding a $600 million loan from foreign investors.  This promise meant nothing, it turns out.  When Vinashin encountered financial troubles as a result of the recent global recession, the government failed to provide help to the company.  As a result, Vinashin was unable to repay its ever growing debts, and drew even closer to bankruptcy.

The incompetence of the Communist government, along with the company’s personnel, have led to the downfall of the shipbuilding corporation.  Foreign investors and lenders now believe that they have been cheated by the VCP.  With billions of dollars in debt and no sign of improvement, the Vinashin shipbuilding company has no way to repay their investors, who are demanding their money back.  Economically, Vinashin is a prime example of how incapable the Communist Party is of building a functional corporation for the country.  With no emphasis on creating a professional workforce or the training of competent employment, any attempt by the state to modernize the economy will surely end in failure.

The Truth Behind Vietnam’s Economic Growth

Posted in Economics, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by Ian Pham

Here in the west, analysts like to talk about Vietnam’s rising economy and wealth, but what they fail to see is the plight of the Vietnamese people at the hands of the VCP.  It is true that Vietnam is a fast growing economy, with an annual GDP increase of 7-8%.  However, one should look at the life of the average citizen to get the whole picture.  The Communist Party will do whatever it takes to sustain the country’s economic growth, even at the expense of the Vietnamese people.

Land seizure has become an increasingly serious issue in Vietnam today, as the Party feels no remorse for taking land from the people to further enrich themselves.  In the countryside, they capture the lands of the farmers to establish new plants and factories, polluting the waters and destroying their livelihood.  In the cities, confiscate houses and homes in efforts to carry out new construction projects, even if it means leaving the residents homeless.

The incident with Pham Thanh Son this week is just one example of many discontented citizens under the Communist regime today.  Only days ago, a small gathering of about 500 people came together to protest the Vietnamese Communist Party and their corruption.  Amazingly enough, these citizens have no idea about what’s happening in the Middle East and North Africa right now because government has censored the news so heavily.

Even with all this censorship, the people in Vietnam can still see that there is something wrong with their government.  If only they knew what was happening all around the Middle East right now, they will surely have the fire to invoke their own Jasmine Revolution in Vietnam.  The Vietnamese people are waiting for a change, the only thing they need now is the information.  The government knows this, which is why they’re censoring the internet with such extreme vigour.  The clock is ticking though, the change will come.