Thursday, June 23, 2011

STATEMENT OF VIETNAMESE YOUTH AGAINST CHINA AGGRESSIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2011

STATEMENT OF VIETNAMESE YOUTH AGAINST CHINA AGGRESSIONS


Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations
United Vietnamese Student Associations of Northern California
Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California
Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of the Midwest
Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Associations
Southwest Union of Vietnamese Student Association
University of Florida Vietnamese Student Associations
Vietnamese American Youth Alliance of San Diego
Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network
PhanBoiChau Youth for Democracy
Vietnamese Young Marines


Garden Grove, CA– Today, the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations, the United Vietnamese Student Associations of Northern California, the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California, Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Associations, Southwest Union of Vietnamese Student Associationsthe Vietnamese American Youth Alliance of San Diego, PhanBoiChau Youth for Democracy, Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network, and the Vietnamese Young Marines issued a collective statement in response to the aggressive actions by the People’s Republic of China in Vietnamese territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.

On May 26, 2011, Chinese naval patrol boats illegally entered Vietnamese waters and attacked Vietnamese oil-exploration and seismic surveying ships 120km off of Vietnam’s south-central coast. This was a serious violation of Vietnamese sovereignty and a show of Chinese aggressive actions in the East Sea. In recent years, Chinese patrol ships have also illegally captured, attacked, and in some cases, killed Vietnamese fishermen who were fishing within the Vietnamese territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.

On June 5, 2011, thousands of Vietnamese youth throughout Vietnam took to the streets of Hanoi and Saigon to protest Chinese aggressive and unacceptable behaviors. Their voice has been heard by all Vietnamese people around the world and the international community.

Following the June 12, 2011 rally, once again hundreds of people gathered in Hanoi and thousands of people continued to protest in Saigon. In the demonstrations this time, many professors, intellectuals, writers, and artists joined in the protest. Groups of protesters came before the Chinese embassy, chanting anti-Beijing, flaring up banners, and chanted patriotic songs as police attempted to increase their security forces to push the protestors out of the park.

Facing the unacceptable behaviors of China and the threats to Vietnamese sovereignty, we, Vietnamese youth and organizations representing the Vietnamese American youth community and beyond, hereby issue the following:

We condemn Communist China’s aggressive actions in the East Sea.
We demand an end to Communist China occupation of Vietnam’s Spratly (Truong Sa) and Paracel (Hoang Sa) islands.
We demand Communist China to respect Vietnam’s sovereignty and cease all actions violating Vietnamese territorial lands and waters.
We demand Communist China to stop the illegal capturing and shooting of Vietnamese fishermen fishing within Vietnamese territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.

Furthermore, we condemn the weak and incompetent response of the Communist Government of Vietnam in protecting its own citizens the Vietnamese territorial waters against Communist China as well as the Communist police forces’ attempt to suppress the Vietnamese people’s patriotic rallies in Hanoi and Saigon.

We join in solidarity with our Vietnamese brothers and sisters, students, and all patriotic youth of Vietnam in standing up against China’s aggressive actions and disturbing the peace in the East Sea.

We also urge the international community to act upon these violations that China has committed and take appropriate actions in supporting the people of Vietnam.

In Solidarity,

Dan Huynh
President, uNAVSA
www.uNAVSA.org

Justin Nguyen
President. UVSA Nor Cal
www.NorCalUVSA.org

Billy Le
President, UVSA So Cal
www.UVSA.org

Sam Huynh
President, PBCYD
www.DTNPBC.org

Nikki Lam
President, VAYA
www.VAYASD.org

Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen
Vietnamese Young Marines
www.tqlcvn.org

Nero Nguyen
President, Mid-Atlantic UVSA
www.mauvsa.org

Phong Nguyen
President, Southwest UVSA
www.swuvsa.org

Quoc Phan
Len Duong Youth Network
www.LenDuong.net

Chan Huynh
President, UVSA-Midwest
www.uvsamidwest.org

Long Nguyen
President, University of Florida VSA
www.ufvso.com

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