Before I get to talking about the protest, I’d like to mention the very successful Charity Dinner for Democracy Activists that took place on the evening of Saturday, September 17th, 2011; organized by the Uy Ban Yem Tro Phong Trao Dan Chu Quoc Noi. Many, many supporters were in attendance, including the youth of DTNPBC, who also contributed 2 performances: a small choir performance of Phai Len Tieng by composer Anh Bang, and a small band performance of Ai Tro Ve Xu Viet by composer & musician Phan Van Hung. It was a lovely evening.
In other news, I should have posted about this much sooner than now, but it’s been a busy month for us students.
Sunday, September 18th, 2011 — In front of the Chinese Consulate in Toronto, ON.
THE FIRST VIETNAMESE-CANADIAN YOUTH-LEAD PROTEST AGAINST CHINA’S VIOLATION OF VIETNAMESE SOVEREIGNTY INCLUDING THE SPRATLY AND PARACEL ISLANDS WAS HELD IN FRONT OF 240 ST GEORGE STREET, THE CHINESE CONSULATE IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO. THIS PROTEST WAS ORGANIZED BY THE VIETNAMESE YOUTH COMMUNITY FROM DOAN THANH NIEN PHAN BOI CHAU TORONTO (DTNPBC TORONTO YOUTH FOR DEMOCRACY) AND THE UNION OF VIETNAMESE STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS OF ONTARIO (UVSA ONTARIO).
This day was a landmark event for the Vietnamese-Canadian community, because up until now, our Vietnamese youth had never organized and lead their own demonstration, but only lent a helping hand to our parents’ generation when they organized these events.
The protest voiced our community’s condemnation of the Chinese communist government, which, as of late, has been stepping up their aggressions toward other countries and especially toward Vietnamese fishermen, in the South ASIAN Sea.
I say South ASIAN Sea because this is what we believe the disputed territory should be called. However, the Chinese communist government have claimed the zone for their own, and have been bullying other nation’s ships that enter the area. They have even killed innocent Vietnamese fishermen who wandered into this “Chinese territory”. They have expanded their map to engulf the lands and territorial waters of other countries, such as Vietnam and the Philippines. For months, the Vietnamese citizens in Vietnam have been taking to the streets every Sunday to demonstrate their patriotism to protect their homeland and to protest the loss of lands that have been tied to Vietnam for over a thousand years.
Our community also protested and condemned the cowardly and unjust VIETNAMESE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT. In 1958, Pham Van Dong, then-Prime Minister of communist North Vietnam, signed an agreement with communist China, handing over the disputed Spratly and Paracel Islands to China. However, THIS AGREEMENT WAS INVALID. THE ISLANDS DID NOT BELONG TO NORTH VIETNAM, BUT AT THE TIME RIGHTFULLY BELONGED TO SOUTH VIETNAM. Pham Van Dong did NOT in any way represent South Vietnam, whose PM was then Ngo Dinh Diem. Pham Van Dong therefore had ZERO legal right to comment on South Vietnamese territory, and the letter of agreement he wrote to the Chinese communist government should have ZERO legal value. Typical communists….
I also can’t stress enough this headache that some people give me. For the record, WE ARE NOT NECESSARILY PROTESTING AGAINST THE CHINESE PEOPLE. WE ARE PROTESTING THE CHINESE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT AND THEIR ACTIONS. So, my friends who happen to be Chinese, although I love you dearly, I hope you will stop making ignorant comments in my presence. We are protesting what is UNJUST. Our community and its supporters are no doubt Vietnamese and love Vietnam, yet we are at the same time against the current Vietnamese communist government, because they are also UNJUST. But that in no way means we are against the Vietnamese people. If anything, we have resolved to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters back in our homeland of Vietnam, who yearn for Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy as much as we wish to help them bring all that back to Vietnam.
I am thrilled to announce that video footage and photos of the demonstration is now up for all to see! Please see below.
Look forward to seeing DTNPBC at the upcoming Kitchener-Waterloo OKTOBERFEST PARADE!!! WHOO!!!
Thank you to chú Minh, chú Duy & cô Hân, and my Papa for videography and photography. Thank you to all our supporters, young and old, for always being our encouragement as we carry on our people’s fight for Freedom, Democracy, Justice, and Human Rights in VIETNAM.