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Vietnam units up specialised police items to suppress protests throughout the nation — Radio Free Asia

Greater than a dozen provinces and cities in Vietnam have arrange Riot Police Regiments or Battalions to be held in reserve to crack down on individuals accused of “disturbing public order” and finishing up “unlawful demonstrations.”

RFA analysis reveals no less than 15 provinces and cities had launched forces as of Oct. 10, 2021.

They embrace Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, Nghe An, Lao Cai, Bac Giang, Thanh Hoa and Gia Lai.

The riot squads have been fashioned to crack down on employee protests on the many industrial parks in southeastern Vietnam, in locations reminiscent of Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Binh Duong, and Dong Nai.

They may be used to cease demonstrations by ethnic and spiritual minorities such because the Protestant Ede and Duong Van Minh sect in provinces like Cao Bang and Gia Lai.

On Wednesday the Ho Chi Minh Metropolis Police held a launching ceremony for its Reserve Riot Fight Police Regiment. State media stated the drive was established below a ruling by the Ministry of Public Safety to arrange Reserve Riot Police Battalions in province-level localities. Information websites didn’t publish the complete textual content of the ministry’s Determination No.1984, which known as for the regiment’s formation.

In accordance with the Công an Nhân dân (Individuals’s Police) on-line newspaper, the regiments and battalions have to be able to struggle in any state of affairs after they obtain orders from the Ministry of Public Safety or administrators of province-level police departments.

The Ho Chi Minh Metropolis Police Division outlined the riot squad’s duties to the media. They embrace “stopping and suppressing circumstances of public dysfunction and unlawful demonstrations,” “conducting rescue operations,” “defending vital political occasions of the Celebration and State and [maintaining order during] main holidays,” “making certain political safety, social order and security of the locality,” and “performing different duties as required.”

Police attempt to cease protesters demanding clear water in Hanoi on Might 1, 2016. CREDIT: Reuters

Suppression of protests ‘unconstitutional’

A Ho Chi Minh Metropolis-based lawyer, who didn’t want to be named for safety causes, stated “suppression of illegal protests” goes in opposition to Vietnam’s Structure.

“I feel Vietnam doesn’t but have a Legislation on Protests, so it could’t be stated that demonstrations are unlawful,” the lawyer stated. “The precise to protest is a constitutional proper, so repression is unconstitutional.”

“The Vietnamese state doesn’t point out a Legislation on Protests, maybe as a result of it doesn’t need to as a result of it’s afraid individuals will protest [against it].”

A girl, who requested solely to be named as Phung, participated in protests in opposition to China’s placement of the HD981 oil rig in Vietnam’s Unique Financial Zone in 2014.

She informed RFA the federal government has been suspending the Invoice on Protests for too lengthy. 

“In accordance with the Vietnamese Structure, individuals have the correct to protest, however the invoice on demonstrations has been frozen for a few years,” she stated.

“Mainly, in Vietnam, each protest is suppressed, as a result of they haven’t handed a invoice which might permit individuals to ask for permission to arrange demonstrations like in different international locations.”

“Article 25 of the 2013 Structure stipulates that ‘Residents have the correct to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, entry to info, meeting, affiliation, and demonstration.’ The train of those rights is prescribed by legislation.”

Authorities drags its heels on protest legislation

In 2013, the federal government directed the Ministry of Public Safety to take main duty and coordinate with related businesses to develop a draft Legislation on Protests.

The invoice has been repeatedly withdrawn from the Nationwide Meeting’s agenda for additional examine and modification.

In 2017, nationwide legislator Truong Trong Nghia, from Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, informed the Nationwide Meeting that the promulgation of a Legislation on Protests was essential to be able to implement the 2013 Structure on making certain human and residents’ rights.

Since 2018, no Nationwide Meeting member or home newspaper has talked about the Invoice on Protests.

Strengthening the suppression of resistance 

In accordance with Hanoi-based journalist Nguyen Vu Binh, in Vietnam what’s written within the Structure is one factor, how it’s carried out is one other.

Binh stated the institution of a specialised company and riot police drive is meant to quell all resistance by the individuals and comes after a collection of fierce crackdowns on protests.

“Following the development of accelerating repression previously four-to-five years, the professionalization of those forces to suppress protests and folks’s resistance is regular in my view,” Binh stated.

Oil rig protester Phung informed RFA the repression and suppression of protests has at all times taken place in Vietnam. She stated Vietnam doesn’t have to signal any extra worldwide agreements so the federal government shouldn’t be interested by respecting human rights.

“At this stage Vietnam doesn’t want to hitch any treaty or settlement, so that they need to take care of [whichever protest] they need. Now they’re additionally bolder,” she stated.

“I consider that even when a drive is fashioned, they won’t use uniformed forces to take motion to suppress protesters as a result of that can have an effect on the picture of the Vietnamese authorities. They do not need to present their true face to the world.”

Human Rights Watch’s newest report on Vietnam, revealed in February, stated: “elementary civil and political rights are systematically suppressed in Vietnam. The federal government, below the one-party rule of the Communist Celebration of Vietnam, tightened its grip on the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of affiliation, peaceable meeting, freedom of motion, and freedom of faith.”




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