Vietnamese police have released a Cham poet after detaining him for four days to investigate, the candidate revealed on social media.
Before being released on April 10, Nguyen Quoc Huy, whose pseudonym Dong Chuong Tu, has been missing since April 7, after the police of Thuan Bac district, Binh Thuan province, is on the southern coast of the land. The country asked him to go to the station to settle. a meeting while he is visiting the area.
“On Tuesday [April 6,] Dong Chuong Tu visited his hometown in Ma Lam to settle some business. Then he met some friends there that he hasn’t seen for a long time, ”a friend of Tu, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, told RFA’s Vietnam Service on September 9. 4.
“On April 7, he was ‘invited’ to meet with the police. I don’t know if he was actually invited or if they brought him in, but he texted a friend saying he was being held at the Ma Lin police station, ”said Tu’s friend.
Another friend of Tu told RFA that Tu often writes poems and articles in the media and is very involved in charitable activities, such as Ma Lam’s advocacy for the poor, including helping provide a new public library for the town.
RFA contacted the Ma Lam police station on April 9, but the employee who received the phone there denied knowing nothing about Tu’s case, while an official at the provincial police station said the department was He does not know anything about the local level case.
After being released, that night, Tu wrote on Facebook that he had returned home safely, and he thanked the Cham community for its support. In a later post, he said that he signed police documents to ensure a faster release including overseas trip verification affidavits from 2019, his correspondence to the media. international and self-nominated status for the National Assembly, his support of the Cham ethnic minority in a land dispute in Ninh Thuan province, as well as his recognition that his passport was confiscation.
Writing on social media, Mr. Tu expressed his hope to represent the Cham ethnic minority of Vietnam in the National Assembly.
He first announced his candidacy in a Facebook post in June 2020, writing, “Although I knew I would be eliminated in the first few rounds, I still decided to nominate myself. Because I see most of the members of Congress coming from the people there just to show off, but really don’t do anything. “
“They are like bonsai trees,” Tu wrote.
He then updated his candidacy in a puzzling February 2021 post on Facebook.
“Binh Thuan province has only seven seats, of which three zones are reserved for representatives of central agencies in Hanoi. How can I manage to get one of the remaining four? To be safe and healthy, I will give up the game, my dear Cham friends, ”he wrote.
Nomination of candidates to the Vietnamese National Assembly is a tightly controlled political process by the country’s ruling Communist Party, which thoroughly examines candidates for Party approval. .
RFA cannot confirm whether Mr. Tu will officially submit his candidacy in the scheduled election on May 23.
Friends in custody
During Tu’s detention for questioning, Binh Thuan police arrested two of his friends, Tran Duc Tin and Nguyen Van Son Trung.
Tin was attending a training class in Ho Chi Minh City on the afternoon of April 10 when he was arrested by the police. He was released on Monday.
Police arrested Trung on April 9 in Binh Thuan. He is still in detention and his family has not received any information about his case.
“My husband was arrested on April 9. They called him out so I don’t know where the arrest happened,” Trung’s wife, Hien told RFA.
“I just heard my neighbors say that the police were looking for him at home. Before leaving, my husband asked the kids to tell me he was going to eat at a restaurant. But I don’t know if he actually went to the shop or somewhere else, ”Hien said.
“I don’t know when my husband was arrested. After I got home around 5pm and heard stories from my neighbors, I called my husband to ask where he was. He just said he’s dealing with outside business. His friends told me he was arrested at 6pm, ”she said.
According to Hien, several men in civilian clothes came to her home the next day and identified themselves as police. They asked Trung’s mother to come to the station to give their son advice, but she refused.
After the men left, Trung’s family received a call from Trung, he only said that he was being held at the police station of Binh Thuan province.
RFA was unable to confirm why Mr. Tin and Mr. Trung were arrested, but a friend of Mr. Trung told RFA that they were both members of a chat group discussing Mr. Tu’s candidacy for a seat in Quoc. festival.
In a Facebook post by Tu, he apologized to the couple Nguyen Van Son Trung for texting Trung while he was in police custody.
Trung’s detention goes against Vietnamese law, which states that police cannot detain anyone without a detention order unless they provide a specific reason in writing to the detainee and their family.
A detention must also not last longer than 12 hours unless it is “absolutely necessary” and must not last longer than 24 hours, as prescribed by Vietnamese law.
Over the past three months, police have arrested two other self-nominated candidates in Hanoi, Tran Quoc Khanh and Le Trong Hung, for “disseminating anti-State documents”, despite the central government’s discussion. openness to the initiative “open more open to self-nominated”.
RFA Vietnam Services Report. Translation of Châu Vũ. Written in English by Eugene Whong.