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Saigon Vi and group 050513Human Rights picnic, Follow up report: Several bloggers in Saigon were arrested, some violently beaten by public security forces in Saigon, including Vu Sy Hoang, Vu 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.

Saigon Hanh Nhan Hoang Vi

Bloggers Vu Sy Hoang and Hoang Vi (Source: Dan Lam Bao)

Blogger August Anh (Vu 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.  Read More

May5th, 2013:  a rights discussion in Hanoi, in response to the appeal of rights activists to organize Human Rights picnics (Source: Dan Lam Bao)

May5th, 2013: a rights discussion in Hanoi, in response to the appeal of rights activists to organize Human Rights picnics (Source: Dan Lam Bao)

Sunday May 5th, 2013: Young Vietnamese activists organized for the first time Human Rights picnics to share documents on and discuss about human rights.

The day before, before May 5th, Trinh Kim Kim and Paolo Thanh Nguyen led a group to discuss the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in front of their house to start off the event. The discussion went well, with photos and videos posted on their blogs and YouTube. But the actual picnics that were going to take place in public parks in Hanoi, Saigon, Hai Phong and Nha Trang got repressed, at times violently, by public security forces.

A group of bloggers led by Trinh Kim Kim and Paolo Thanh Nguyen were reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in front of their house. (Saigon May 4th 2012) (Source: Dan Lam Bao)

A group of bloggers led by Trinh Kim Kim and Paolo Thanh Nguyen were reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in front of their house. (Saigon May 4th 2012) (Source: Dan Lam Bao)

In Hanoi, the picnic went well. Bloggers could gather in a small group, holding signs that read: “Freedom of association is citizens’ right” and copies of the UDHR. Read More