Protest outside the Vietnamese Embassy in support of Tran Huynh Duy Thuc
- Event type
Sunday 20 May 2018
Vietnamese Embassy, 12 Victoria Road
- 11:00 - 12:30
- Phone number
- 01252 674798
- Clive Lindsay, Amnesty Farnham group
Join our 'Polite Protest' outside the Vietnamese Embassy in Kensington, London, to ask for the release of Vietnamese Prisoners of Conscience, on Sunday 20th May, 11.00am -12.30pm.
What we're calling for
We are calling for the release of all prisoners of conscience in Vietnam. Among them, we are specifically calling for freedom for Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, aged 48, an entrepreneur, who started a mobile phone company.
Tran Huynh Duy Thuc was arrested in 2009 for setting up a blog and study group entitled “The Change we Need”. Originally charged with "theft of telephone lines", this was changed to "acting to overthrow the people's Government". After a one-day trial on 20th May 2010 he was convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Recorded as having suffered torture, mistreatment and extortion while under arrest and in prison, he has continued to protest with hunger strikes and by refusing to undertake prison labour.
We will be posting letters to the embassy. We will be distributing flyers and explaining the reasons for the protest to passers-by. We will have Balloons for any families passing by. We will have chanting and songs for 30 minutes.
We will meet at 11.00am, and expect to leave by 12.30pm.
We will meet outside the Vietnamese Embassy, 12 Victoria Rd., W8 5RD
Transport and parking
Parking is plentiful and free on a Sunday on the residential streets adjacent to the embassy. The nearest tube stations are High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road, both five minutes' walk away.
Please keep to the pavements (and off the road). Please do as requested by police and stewards.
We must only show placards of Tran Huynh Duy Thuc – not other prisoners of conscience. Amnesty’s policy is to support one prisoner of conscience long-term in each country, as representing all political prisoners in that country. Tran Huynh Duy Thuc is that prisoner in Vietnam. If you wish to make your own placards, please show a portrait of Tran Thuc, with the words Free Tran Huynh Duy Thuc.
Please do NOT bring any national flags
Amnesty International’s role is try to change the behaviour of the present Vietnamese Government (or any government not respecting human rights) and support the prisoners of conscience and their families. Amnesty cannot be seen to support any particular political group, or Amnesty's reputation for strict impartiality will be compromised.
Please contact Clive Lindsay from Amnesty Farnham group for more information.