The “Crime” of Patriotism

In the Vietnamese activist community, surely we all know of and admire Viet Khang (Vo Minh Tri), the Vietnamese singer-songwriter who has been imprisoned since December of 2011 for writing passionate and patriotic songs of pure love for his country–songs which encouraged his people to stand up and defend their country from the Chinese invasion of Vietnam, and subtly denounced the communist governments of Vietnam and China for their heartlessness and dealing off Vietnamese lands such as our historic islands Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.

This April 30th, which marks the 37th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, I am sure the Vietnamese diaspora all around the world will be thinking of Viet Khang and his fellow detained activists who, like all Vietnamese citizens, are suffering at the hands of the communist government. We will honour their determination, their courage, and their profound sense of justice and duty towards their homeland. We will show them our unwavering support. There is no crime in loving your country, in wishing to protect and preserve its existence, in fighting for the justice, freedom and human rights that its people have long been denied.

Viet Nam Toi Dau – Viet Khang

Minh-Thùy

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