Vietnamese Government Not Happy With Protest

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(VNRN) – The Vietnamese government, being a dictatorship, doesn’t tolerate freedom of speech or freedom of association. Add two and two, and they don’t like protests, demonstrations, or any form of what governmental legalese have been calling “gathering of many people.”

Little known fact: In 2007, the Vietnamese government issued Decree 38 requiring 7-day advance application for any gathering of 5 people or more. (Communist Party events are exempt naturally, per section 7 of the Decree.)

Obviously, any demonstration that challenges the Party’s authority will be severely punished, as four people who tried to dismantle Lenin’s statue in February found out: They got sentenced to 4 to 6 years in prison.

But even demonstrations that don’t, face suppression. The authorities have taken various measures to disrupt and stop the many protests against China’s actions in the South China Sea in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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