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A 'Talking' Photograph

The "talking" photograph of Rev. Ly is causing attention in the White House to the fight for Democracy and Human Rights for Vietnam.

San Jose, June 3, 2007
20080926040809 A talking photo


















1.    Most of the Vietnamese residents wear masks covering their noses and mouths from dust and pollution when they go out into the streets. This image reflects a polluted morality, politics and justice, evidenced by the trial of Rev. Ly Van Nguyen in which he was gagged in the courtroom.

2.    He was prosecuted for opposing and slandering the government; however, these charges were not true because he had only opposed the Vietnamese Communist Party, not the government, when he cried out “Down with the Vietnamese Communist Party” in court.

3.    Rev. Ly Van Nguyen opposed the Vietnamese Communist Party, because:
-    This Party has dictatorially governed the country for 77 years and considered itself in equal footing to the fatherland.
-    This Party uses Marxist philosophy but it was no longer used, even by the Soviet Union.
-    This Party applies Ho Chi Minh’s idealism but he had no reputable ideas.  Even The Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam that he delivered on Sept. 2, 1945 was a copy of the Declaration of Independence of the USA.
-    The Vietnamese Communist Party, as well as Ho Chi Minh, no longer exists, but the Party still tries to survive, similar to its trying to prolong Ho Chi Minh’s body from decaying by embalming it.

4.    Rev. Ly’s trial violated the defendant’s rights and the criminal procedure as stated in the criminal law.

5.    In the historical anti-communist events, there has been many “talking” photos.  For example, a young activist stood in front of a row of tanks in Tiananmen Square, the Berliners tore down the Berlin Wall, Pope John Paul II blessed the end of communism in Poland, or Boris Yeltsin rode a tank of the communists in celebration of the end of communism in Russia.  As to Vietnam, there is a photo of General Loan Ngoc Nguyen, Chief of the National Police Force, executed a Viet Cong captain in a public street, and the photo of Rev. Ly Van Nguyen being gagged at his trial.

6.    The Vietnamese refugees abroad eagerly eradicate communism in Vietnam hoping to bring freedom and happiness to their people.

7.    The "talking" photograph of Rev. Ly is causing attention in the White House to the fight for Democracy and Human Rights for Vietnam.

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