Vietnamese democracy movement

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


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.


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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