The 88 Project - Human Rights picnic, Follow up report: Several bloggers in Saigon were arrested, some violently beaten by public security forces in Saigon, including Vu Sy Hoang, Vo Quoc Anh, Nguyen Hoang Vi and her family.
Blogger Hanh Nhan (Vu Sy Hoang) was arrested at 9:30 am (May 5th), got questioned until 9 pm, when he was released.
Bloggers Vu Sy Hoang and Hoang Vi (Source: Dan Lam Bao)
Blogger August Anh (Vo Quoc Anh) was detained, questioned and beaten by public security forces. A friend who witnessed Quoc Anh’s arrest wrote on his Facebook: “I have never seen such a thing: a dozen of people [public security agents] assaulting one person. I could not do a thing to help him. Later on when I could see him after his release, Quoc Anh recounted his detention to me. He said the public security agents had drove him to Cau Kho police commissariat. He could not stand firmly, the agents had had to lead him to enter the office. During the questioning, those agents had repeatedly slapped his face and tapped his head with pens. The police [public security forces] had said they would give him a copy of the questioning notes, so he agreed to sign it. But once he got and signed his copy, 6 agents attacked him again and successfully got the notes back.” Quoc Anh got injured as the police used electric clubs to beat him.
Quoc Anh was born in 1985 in Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. He is currently working in Saigon.
Quoc Anh at the Human Rights picnic (before he was arrested). (Source: Dan Lam Bao)
Quoc Anh after being beaten. (Source: Facebook Yeu Nuoc Viet)
The police beat Quoc Anh with electric clubs. (Source: VRNs - ChuaCuuThe)
Blogger Nguyen Hoang Vi was only released at 3am on May 6th. The public security agents confiscated her personal belongings, including her cell phone and Ipad without issuing a written document acknowledging the confiscation. Hoang Vi and her family insisted in having a written document and having her belonging returned. Not only Hoang Vi, but also her mother and sister were beaten by the public security agents.
Nguyen Hoang Vi, born 1987, is a well-known blogger in Saigon and has been continuously under harassment by the public security forces for speaking out about human rights. Hoang Vi was profiled by International Freedom of Expression Exchange network on International Women’s Day March 8th, 2013, for the challenges she faces in expressing herself.
The public security agents pressed a burning cigarette on Hoang Vi’s mother’s forefront. (Source: Dong Chua Chuu The)
Hoang Vi’s sister, Nguyen Thao Chi, bled with 3 broken teeth, in hospital (Source: Chua Cuu The)
Another man, named Huy, was arrested in Saigon yesterday, together with the three bloggers. His whereabout remains unknown.
Huy (middle, white shirt) and other bloggers at the picnic, before they were dispersed (Source: Dan Lam Bao)
Despite the assaults and pain, blogger Hoang Vi wrote on her Facebook the morning of May 6th: “I am so used with those repressive attacks by the authorities and their security agents. But it hurts to witness how they mobilized all public forces: public security forces, civil guards, members of the women association, members of the communist youth leagues of the ward, to assault my family and my friends this afternoon. I have cried so much. But I still tried to pray that I will not hate them [the authorities]. May peace and strength be with those who were harassed this afternoon.”
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