Việt Khang

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Viet Khang
Birth name Võ Minh Trí
Also known as Việt Khang
Born Dec. 27, 1974
Origin Tien Giang, Vietnam
Occupations patriotic songwriter, singer, drummer, and founding member of the Patriotic Youth League

Võ Minh Trí, pen-name Viet Khang (born 1974 in Tien Giang), is a songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Patriotic Youth League in Vietnam.

He is married with a wife and a four year old son. He earns a living as a performing musician, singer. He travels to various places in the country to perform. He has written many songs under the names Vo Minh Tri and Viet Khang.

Dissident activity[edit]

The Vietnamese Communist security apparatus arrested him on December, 23rd, 2011 in Tien Giang, Vietnam without any charges after learning that he had released two patriotic songs namely, "Anh La Ai?" [1] "Vietnam Toi Dau?" to the public calling on people to stand up against the Vietnamese government brutal crackdowns on protesters who voiced their opposition to the Chinese incursion on the Vietnam's Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands. It was later learned that he was imprisoned at the jail at No.4 Phan Đăng Lưu Street in Saigon, Vietnam.[citation needed]

His arrest has sparked a worldwide Viet Khang Movement calling on the Vietnamese communist government to release him immediately. More than 140,000 Vietnamese Americans signed a petition[2] asking the White House to raise the issue of protecting human rights with the Vietnamese government and linking it trade. The petition also named Viet Khang among all political prisoners to be released. On March 5, 2012, in response to the petition, the White House arranged for a meeting with a delegation of Vietnamese Americans to discuss their concerns. Former U.S Congressman Joseph Cao also came to Capitol Hill to lend his support in asking the US government to press the immediate and unconditional release of Viet Khang and other human rights activists and religious and political prisoners in Vietnam.[3]

On October 30, 2012, Viet Khang was charged with spreading anti-government propaganda under Article 88 of the country’s criminal code. The People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced Viet Khang to four years in prison and two years probation after serving the imposed sentence. It has been almost close to one year.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Việt Khang - Anh Là Ai?". weheartmusic. February 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ Roxana Kopetman (March 6, 2012). "O.C. Vietnamese Americans meet with leaders in D.C.". The Orange Country Register. 
  3. ^ Jonathan Tilove (March 7, 2012). "Former Rep. Anh 'Joseph' Cao urges tougher line against Vietnam". The Times-Picayune.