|Vietnamese Public Security Forces raided home, terrorized Writer Huỳnh Ngọc Tuấn and his Daughter Huỳnh Thục Vy
Translation by Viet Thuc Staff [Virginia, USA, November 9, 2011]
danlambao - Members of the local Public Security Forces (PSF) swarmed the home of writer Huỳnh Ngọc Tuấn around 8AM local time today, November 11, 2011. They served him with a search warrant and confiscated computer equipment and accessories, and assorted household goods. According to eyewitnesses, close to 40 members of the PSF and cadres of the Quảng Nam Province's Information Office rushed into the house of writer Huỳnh Ngọc Tuấn, delivered the search warrant, and accused him and his two children, Huỳnh Thục Vy and Huỳnh Trọng Hiếu of violating the "law regulating the transfer of information."
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She added: "After the reading of the search warrant, the PSF proceeded to search the house, sealed and carted away computers, memory sticks, as well as several draft articles I was working on... Our family vigorously protests against this raid on our home".
Huỳnh Thục Vy (in the red blouse) and members of her family during the raid on her home (Photo: Facebook Trầm Tử)
The search ended at 10:30AM but the PSF didn't leave the house or the surrounding area until much later. Blogger Huỳnh Thục Vi said that "her family considers the raid an act of "terrorism" perpetrated by the PSF. They are doing this because members of my family have written articles on what really happened in Vietnam and criticized the dictatorship. I am now very concerned about the safety of my family."
Through danlambao, Blogger Huỳnh Thục Vy said that on behalf of her family she would like to thank all who have expressed their concerns about the raid, and asked that they do voice their opinions publicly so as to help protect her family in the days to come.
Writer Huỳnh Ngọc Tuấn and his daughter, blogger Huỳnh Ngọc Vy at the house search conducted by Public Security Forces (Photo: Facebook Trầm Tử)
Writer Huỳnh Ngọc Tuấn and his two children - daughter Huỳnh Thục Vy and son Huỳnh Trọng Hiếu - currently reside in Tam Kỳ, Quảng Nam. All three members of the Huỳnh family are well known for articles in which they vigorously criticize the dictatorial regime in Vietnam.
In 1992 writer Huỳnh Ngọc Tuấn was sentenced to 10 years in jail for writings that called for freedom and democracy in Vietnam. Released in 2002, he continued to write and publish articles on human rights violations in Vietnam. His two children, Huỳnh Thục Vy and Huỳnh Trọng Hiếu, are young writers/bloggers who are also known for their straight and uncompromising analyses of the current situation in Vietnam.