Hoàng Vi, carrying the infant, enacts a sit-down strike on the street to object to the human rights abuses of the Vietnamese Communist Government.Vietnamese security police continued to harass blogger Nguyễn Hoàng Vi and her family, obstructing their freedom of movement. They have imposed similar tactics on many other human rights dissidents in Saigon; Communist security police are stationed in front of houses, to block residents from leaving.
Video: Two security police shove Nguyễn Hoàng Vi and her infant, preventing them from leaving their home
At 3pm on 16 January 2015, Vi’s family, including her mother, younger sister and her two children, called a taxi to go out. Two security police intercepted them as they arrived at Alley 107 Phan Văn Nam, Phú Thạnh ward, Tân Phú district, forcing the taxi driver to cancel their trip. The officers then rudely commanded Hoàng Vi and her family to return to their house, forbidding them from travelling.
Vi and her family left the taxi and walked. In the video, we see Nguyễn Hoàng Vi struggling to walk straight ahead, carrying her infant in her arms, despite being pushed and dragged by two well-built security police. The older woman in the video is Nguyễn Thị Cúc, Hoàng Vi’s mother, who attempts to protect her children and grandchildren.
Carrying the infant, Hoàng Vi then walked to Le Cao Lang Street. When she could walk no further, she enacted a sit-down strike on the streets, objecting to the human rights abuses of the Vietnamese Communist Government.
Nguyễn Hoàng Vi’s harassment has occurred as the 41st Anniversary of Chinese invasion of Paracel Islands approaches (19 January 1974 to 19 January 2015). It is known that the private residences of many prominent anti-China activists are now under close watch by police.
Nguyễn Hoàng Vi, born 1987, is a member of the Network of Vietnamese Bloggers.
CTV Danlambao * Translated by Jasmine Tran