Vietnamese democracy movement

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The Vietnamese democracy movement is a movement seeking democratic reforms in Vietnam.

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Vietnam is a single-party communist state.

Internet censorship in Vietnam is poorly executed and virtually non-existent. Even websites blocked by the government are commonly circumvented with such ease, any "block" is rapidly overcome.

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In 2006, the Manifesto on Freedom and Democracy for Vietnam called for democratic reforms. The related Bloc 8406 is a unified coalition of groups in Vietnam that advocate for democracy reforms in Vietnam. It was originally signed by 118 of dissidents calling for a multiparty state.[1] The support later grown into the thousands.[2] The Human Rights Watch reported "It’s extraordinary that hundreds of citizens across Vietnam have boldly shown their support for political change in a written petition. In Vietnam, the mere act of signing such documents routinely triggers a police investigation, detention and often imprisonment."[3]

Following the Chinese "Jasmine Revolution" in early 2011, Dr. Nguyen Dan Que posted an appeal on the internet for mass demonstrations in Vietnam. He was then detained by the authorities.[4]

Rare protests and a self-immolation[5] were reported in Ho Chi Minh City and Danang.[6] Nguyen Dan Que, a prominent government critic, was arrested on 26 February 2011 because security services said he was caught "red-handed keeping and distributing documents" that called for an uprising similar to the Arab Spring.[7]

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