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Both Inside and Outside of Vietnam
Regarding the Jasmine Revolution in North Africa and the Middle East
The Jasmine Revolution, which has toppled long-standing dictatorships in Tunisia after 23 years with Ben Ali, and in Egypt after 30 years with Hosni Murabak, has spread to at least ten other countries in North Africa and the Middle East. This is only the latest wave of mankind’s triumphal and inevitable march toward democracy.
We cannot help but applaud these two revolutions and wish speedy success to our friends in North Africa and the Middle East in their non-violent, peaceful, and orderly revolution, especially in their legitimate demands such as the right to work and freedoms of opinion, information, press, assembly, and religion, and the freedom to choose the most worthy leaders to represent them in a just and democratic society.
We particularly admire the youth of these countries who have shown great self-sacrifice (as in the case of Mohamed Bouazizi) and self-restraint in the struggle for the rights of their fellow citizens. The enthusiastic support that they received from their families, friends, teachers, and especially from the military, shows that they are clearly on the right path.
As the above peaceful mobilization was achieved essentially through modern mass communication tools such as the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and cellular telephone, the lesson to be learned from this is that no dictatorship, however cruel or corrupt, can stop the march of mankind toward a better future with liberty and justice for all.
In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, who stole ideas from the French and American Revolutions, promised the Vietnamese people in 1945 three simple things: INDEPENDENCE, LIBERTY, AND HAPPINESS. The current Communist regime, one of the most corrupt and repressive regimes in the world, has had 66 years in North Vietnam, and 36 years in the whole country, to deliver on these promises. Yet it has failed miserably. It is about time that 87 million Vietnamese inside Vietnam and the three million overseas join hands in demanding and reclaiming the above same universal rights for our people!
Moreover, the Communist leadership – past and present – has given up part of our territorial lands and seas to Communist China in order to protect their own power, leading Vietnam to the brink of extinction as an independent country. Never before has our beloved country had to let thousands of young women go abroad to become foreign brides and sex workers. Never before has our country had to let hundreds of thousands of young men go abroad to work as labour slaves to bring money to the Vietnamese Communist Party. Never before in the history of our country those who express their legitimate and patriotic views are subject to brutal treatment and imprisonment, a fate even worse than what we experienced under the old French colonial rule.
Inside Vietnam, Bloc 8406, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, and other organizations and individuals as well as students all over the country have called on the Vietnamese people to demand freedom, democracy, and human rights, learning from the experience of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, and more recently from that of North Africa and the Middle East.
We, Vietnamese individuals and organizations both inside and outside of Vietnam whose names appear below, would like to add our voices to those of Bloc 8406, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, and other respected individuals in Vietnam in calling on Vietnamese youth to show the world that the heroic tradition of our forefathers in protecting the integrity of our country is alive and well, and that as a people we are always ready to sacrifice ourselves for the most sacred rights of our citizens, following the non-violent struggle models spearheaded by Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
Nguyen Trai (1380-1442), one of Vietnam’s most famous thinkers, comparing the people of a country in supporting its ruler (emperor) to the water in a river supporting a boat, has taught us that “It’s the people who lift up the boat, and it’s also the people who can sink it.” For so long the Vietnamese people have had to endure the utterly brutal and inhuman Communist regime, it’s about time we get rid of it. This is the only way we can protect our country against foreign aggressors who nurture ambitions over our lands and our seas. This is the only way we can defend our independence and secure a future in peace, equality, freedom, and prosperity for our people.
March 9, 2011
1. Bloc 8406 (Vietnam) represented by: Father Nguyen Van Ly, Father Phan Van Loi, Economist Do Nam Hai, and Prof. Nguyen Chinh Ket (Overseas representative).
2. The Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, representative.
3. National Congress of Vietnamese Americans, Prof. Nguyen Ngoc Bich, President.
4. Vietnamese Canadian Federation, Mr. Ngo Van Ut, Vice President.
5. Vietnamese Nationalist Community of the United States, represented by: Mr. Nguyen Van Tan, Executive Director, and Mr. Nguyen Van Tanh, Chairman of the Board.
6. The Saigon for Saigon Movement, Father Nguyen Huu Le, representative.
7. Association for Vietnamese Democracy and Development, Germany, Dr. Tran Hue, representative.
8. Vietnamese Rally for National Salvation, Mr. Tran Quoc Bao, President.
9. The Movement of the Vietnamese Laity in Diaspora, Mr. Do Nhu Dien, Coordinator.
10. Vietnam Restoration Party, Prof. Ngo Quoc Si, Vice-President and Spokesman.
11. Rally for Democracy, Dr. Nguyen The Binh, representative.
12. International Committee of Support for the Non-violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam, Dr. Nguyen Quoc Quan, President.
13. Vietnam Human Rights Network, Dr. Nguyen Ba Tung, Chairman, Coordinating Committee.
14. World Buddhist Church of Vietnam, Engineer Vu Van Thai, Vice-President.
15. Movement of Support for the Freedom of Religion and Human Rights in Vietnam, Coordinating Committee: The Most Venerable Thich Nguyen Tri, Chairman, Standing Committee, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Liem, Chairman, Central Advisory Board, Reverend Dinh Xuan Long, Chairman, Central Supervisory Committee, Prof. Lai The Hung, Secretary General, Central Coordinating Committee, Reverend Dinh Xuan Minh, Chairman of the Movement in Europe, Mr. Doan Dinh Thuy, chairman of the Movement in Canada
16. Democratic Organization of Vietnam, Prof. Nguyen Thanh Trang, President.
17. Democratic Organization in Germany, Pham Hoang, President.
18. The Populist Party, Trinh Ngoc Anh, Liaison Office.
19. Hung Viet Organization, Nguyen Kien, President.
20. Movement of Performing Artist and Writers for a Future Vietnam, Tran Tuan Minh, President.
21. Archive of Vietnamese Boat People, Mr. Dong Tran, MSc, General Director.
22. Committee for the Territorial Integrity of the Fatherland, Doan The Cuong, President.
23. Canadian Committee for Freedom of Religion, Mac Giao Pham Huu Giao, President.
24. Dong Tam Assembly, Australia, Huynh Khanh Hoa, person in charge.
25. Dai Viet Party, Dr. Phan Van Sang, President.
26. Vietnamese Association for Science and Technology, Dr. Mai Thanh Truyet, President.
27. Vietnamese American Voters Association, Mrs. Jackie Bong Wright, President.
28. Vietnamese Community of Pomona Valley, California, Dr. Vo Dinh Huu, President.
29. Paris Coordinating Club for Political Action, Ca Dao, coordinator.
30. Vietnamese Community of Tarant County, Texas, Nguyen Kim Luan, President.
31. Vietnamese Veteran Association of Ontario, Canada, President: Tran Quoc Thien.
32. Van Lang Vietnamese Language Center, San Jose, California, Nguyen Tan Hung, Center Head.
33. Au Co Women’s Association, Ms. Pham Thien Thanh, President.
34. Bloc 8406 Chapter in the U.S., Vu Thanh Phuong, Vu Thien Nga, Vu Kim Ngan, Nguyen Hai and Lu Thi Thu Duyen.
35. Dong Tam Martial Arts Center, Sydney, Australia, Ly Viet Hung, President.
36. Dong Tam Vietnamese Language School, Sydney, Australia, Ho Hieu Duong, Principal.
37. Hon Viet Youth League, Texas, U.S.A., Nguyen Dinh Nhu, President.
38. Former Thu-Duc Reserve Officer Cadet Association of Ontario, Canada, President: Tran Hoang Giang.
38. Committee to Promote the Jasmine Revolution in Vietnam, Mr. Le Anh, representative.
39. Progression Party of Vietnam, Ms. Thai Thanh Thuy.
40. Vietnam Democratic Alliance, Mr. Ngo Thanh Hai, President.
41. Republic of Vietnam Navy and Merchant Marine Association in France, Mr. Dang Vu Loi, President.
42. Voice of Vietnamese Americans, Genie Nguyen, Founder and President.
43. Hội Cựu Sinh Viên Sĩ Quan Trừ Bị Thủ Đức Ontario, Trần Hoàng Giang, Chủ tịch
44. Vietnamese Veterans Federation of Canada, President: Dang Van Ngoc.
45. Calgary (Alberta, Canada) Vietnamese Veterans Immigrants Aid Association, President: Dang Van Ngoc.
46. Vietlist.us Group, Mrs Hoang Lan
47. VietnamDemocratic Group, Mr Tran Long.
48. Association of Alumnii of Saigon University of Architecture, San Jose, Mr Nguyen an Quoc K70.
49. Overseas 8406 Bloc, USA, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hung, Mr. Quoc Viet.
50. Overseas 8406 Bloc, Canada, Mr. Mac Giao, Mr. Ha Bao Trung.
51. Overseas 8406 Bloc, Australia, Mr. Nguyen Quang Duy
52. Overseas 8406 Bloc, Europe, Mr. Duong Van Loi , Mr. Dang Vu Loi
53. Comité de support à la Démocratie et Liberté Religieuse au Vietnam: Vice-president, Victor Charbonneau
1. Prof. Doan Viet Hoat, former Prisoner of Conscience
2. Nguyen Minh Can, free-lance journalist, Moscow, Russian Federation
3. Tran Khai, news commentator
4. Vu Van Hoa, journalist, publisher of Viet Nam Moi newspaper
5. Tran Binh Nam, political commentator
6. Lu Thi Thu Trang, Go Vap, Saigon
7. Pham Thi Ung, teacher, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam
8. Le Thi Kim Thu, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam
9. Hoang Tien, writer, Publisher, Tu Do Dan Chu Electronic Magazine, Hanoi
10. Nguyen Khac Toan, journalist, Editor-in-Chief, Tu Do Dan Chu Electronic Magazine, Hanoi
11. Engineer Nguyen Trung Linh, Hanoi
12. Duong Thi Xuan, Teacher, Hanoi
13. Le Thanh Tung, free-lance journalist, Hanoi
14. Duong Van Nam, Poet, Phu Tho (North Vietnam)
15. Engineer Tran Van Huy, Hanoi
16. Hoang Trung Kien, former VPA soldier, Ninh Binh Province
17. Vu Thi Hai, farmer, Ninh Binh Province
18. Dinh Van Nhuong, farmer, Bac Giang Province
19. Tuong Nang Tien, journalist
20. Nguyen Tuyen, reporter
21. Nguyen Duy Nghien, Head of the Radio Program Dien Dan Dan Chu (Democratic Forum), Southern California, U.S.A.
22. Dao Tang Duc, Attorney, New South Wales Supreme Court, Australia
23. Vi Anh, news commentator
24. Nguyen Ngọc Quang, refugee in Thailand.
25. Nguyen Thi Trang, refugee in Thailand.
26. Nguyen Thi Thu Trâm, refugee in Thailand.
27. Nguyen Van Huy, refugee in Thailand.
Above list as of March 9, 2011