Incident Group: Crackdown on June 2018 protesters

The June 2018 demonstrations were one of the largest widespread protests in Vietnam in recent decades. Consequently, the crackdown on its protesters was also one of the most oppressive. From kidnapping and physical assault to blatant police brutality; from arbitrary detention to severe sentences of imprisonment, it appears that the authorities have done everything they can to suppress citizens’ attempts to voice their dissatisfaction concerning two draft laws, the Law on Special Economic Zones and Law on Cybersecurity. The former bill allows foreign investors lease land up to 99 years in three special economic zones (SEZ). While it does not sound unconventional in comparison with international investment norms, the special treatment for foreign residents, the function of SEZs as a separate and isolated administrative unit with minimal Vietnamese representation, and the ambiguous use of words such as “northern neighbouring country” (basically, China) in the draft created public anger. The latter bill authorizes unlimited and unchecked powers to public security forces to track and intervene in personal information and expression online. With the poor track record of Vietnamese public security forces, it is almost certain that this new power will be abused. Hence, the series of protests started because of a genuine growing fear of Chinese influence, worries about freedom of speech, and distrust of the lawmaking process. Demonstrations were held in 10 cities and provinces across the countries, including Vietnam’s largest, Ho Chi Minh City, and involved about 30,000 people on June 9 and 10, 2019. On June 17, thousands more protesters joined the streets.

Ho Dinh Cuong

Ho Dinh Cuong, arrested September 8, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Huynh Truong Ca

Huynh Truong Ca, arrested September 4, 2018 (Province: Tien Giang)

Ngo Van Dung

Ngo Van Dung, arrested September 4, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Hoang Thi Thu Vang

Hoang Thi Thu Vang, arrested September 3, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Doan Thi Hong

Doan Thi Hong, arrested September 2, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Hung Hung

Hung Hung, arrested September 2, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Tran Thanh Phuong

Tran Thanh Phuong, arrested September 1, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Do The Hoa

Do The Hoa, arrested September 1, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Nguyen An

Nguyen An, kidnapped and held in incommunicado detention for nearly two weeks (Province: Dong Nai)

Huynh Duc Thanh Binh

Huynh Duc Thanh Binh, arrested July 7, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Tran Long Phi

Tran Long Phi, arrested July 7, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Le Trong Nghia

Le Trong Nghia, arrested June 18, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Pham Thi Thu Thuy

Pham Thi Thu Thuy, arrested June 18, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Bui Van T.

Bui Van T. , arrested June 18, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Nguyen Huynh D.

Nguyen Huynh D. , arrested June 18, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Nguyen Van Tuan

Nguyen Van Tuan, arrested June 18, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Truong Ngoc Hien

Truong Ngoc Hien, arrested June 18, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Nguyen Thi Loan

Nguyen Thi Loan, beaten harshly during crackdown on potential protest (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Trinh Van Toan

Trinh Van Toan, beaten harshly during crackdown on potential protest (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Truong Thi Ha

Truong Thi Ha, kidnapped, unlawfully detained, and assaulted for participating in a peaceful demonstration. (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Vo Van Tru

Vo Van Tru, arrested June 16, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Nguyen Van Quang

Nguyen Van Quang, arrested June 12, 2018 (Province: Thanh Hoa)

Duong Van Ngoan

Duong Van Ngoan, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Phan Van Lanh

Phan Van Lanh, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Thi Hoa

Nguyen Thi Hoa, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Vo Men

Vo Men, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Dan Van Tung

Dan Van Tung, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Le Van Tam

Le Van Tam, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Ho Dang Van An

Ho Dang Van An, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Xi

Nguyen Xi, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Pham Thanh

Pham Thanh, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Dang Ngoc Tan

Dang Ngoc Tan, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Dang Ngoc Tan

Dang Ngoc Tan, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Dang Ngoc Tan

Dang Ngoc Tan, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Van An

Nguyen Van An, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Ngo Duc Thuan

Ngo Duc Thuan, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Bui Thanh Tu

Bui Thanh Tu, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Van Hieu

Nguyen Van Hieu, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Van Hung

Nguyen Van Hung, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Ho Thanh Tam

Ho Thanh Tam, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Tan Vu

Nguyen Tan Vu, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Do Van Thang

Do Van Thang, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Van Tan

Nguyen Van Tan, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Ngoc Binh

Nguyen Ngoc Binh, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Van Thuan

Nguyen Van Thuan, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Van Tien

Nguyen Van Tien, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Quoc Hue

Nguyen Quoc Hue, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Dang Van Tuan

Dang Van Tuan, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Dang Ngoc Tan

Dang Ngoc Tan, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Pham Thanh

Pham Thanh, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Tran Van Xi

Tran Van Xi, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Pham Van Chung

Pham Van Chung, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Truong Huu Loc

Truong Huu Loc, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Truong Minh Tai

Truong Minh Tai, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Quy Lai

Nguyen Quy Lai, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Duong Thi Lanh

Duong Thi Lanh, Duong Thi Lanh arrested and fined after protest (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Huynh Huu Long

Huynh Huu Long, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Chung Kim Thanh

Chung Kim Thanh, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Van Khanh

Nguyen Van Khanh, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Doan Thi Hanh Thuong

Doan Thi Hanh Thuong, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Sinh

Nguyen Sinh, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Dang Ngoc H.

Dang Ngoc H., arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Pham Minh T.

Pham Minh T., arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Dinh Dinh Tai

Dinh Dinh Tai, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Dinh D.

Nguyen Dinh D., arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Huu Thai

Nguyen Huu Thai, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Dong Kim Hung

Dong Kim Hung, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Do Van Co

Do Van Co, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Tran Trong Tien

Tran Trong Tien, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Thi Nham

Nguyen Thi Nham, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Tang Thanh Thuan

Tang Thanh Thuan, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Tran Van Cong

Tran Van Cong, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Tan Thong

Nguyen Tan Thong, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Truong Quoc Gia Huy

Truong Quoc Gia Huy, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Tran The Nghia

Tran The Nghia, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Toan Trung

Nguyen Toan Trung, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Le Nhut Ban

Le Nhut Ban, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Do Van Tai

Do Van Tai, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Tran Thi Mai Huong

Tran Thi Mai Huong, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Tran Van Tuan

Tran Van Tuan, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Truong Cong Hieu

Truong Cong Hieu, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Tran Minh Thien

Tran Minh Thien, arrested June 11, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Pham Van Man

Pham Van Man, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Van Hieu

Nguyen Van Hieu, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Thi Lien

Nguyen Thi Lien, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Truong Vinh Phuc

Nguyen Truong Vinh Phuc, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Kinh Tan Hoach

Kinh Tan Hoach, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Duy Sang

Nguyen Duy Sang, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Le Minh T.

Le Minh T., arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Le Thi Ngoc Anh

Le Thi Ngoc Anh, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Huynh Van Su

Huynh Van Su, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

William Nguyen

William Nguyen, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Ho Chi Minh)

Nguyen Tan Dong

Nguyen Tan Dong, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Pham Thi Minh Thu

Pham Thi Minh Thu, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Minh Kha

Nguyen Minh Kha, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Thanh Phuong

Nguyen Thanh Phuong, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Ho Thai Ha

Ho Thai Ha, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Van Meo

Nguyen Van Meo, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Do Van Ngoc

Do Van Ngoc, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Pham Thanh Nam

Pham Thanh Nam, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Le Van Liem

Le Van Liem, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Ngoc Sang

Nguyen Ngoc Sang, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Ngo Duc Duyen

Ngo Duc Duyen, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Ngo Van Dat

Ngo Van Dat, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Nguyen Chuong

Nguyen Chuong, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Tran Nguyen Duy Quang

Tran Nguyen Duy Quang, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Tran Ho

Tran Ho, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Dinh Ma Phong

Dinh Ma Phong, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Nguyen Thi Tuan

Nguyen Thi Tuan, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Ho Cong Di

Ho Cong Di, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Pham Sang

Pham Sang, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Binh Thuan)

Tran Van Chuc

Tran Van Chuc, detained for participating in demonstration (Province: Lam Dong)

Nguyen Doan P M

Nguyen Doan P M, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Ninh Thuan)

Truong Thanh K.

Truong Thanh K., arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Ninh Thuan)

Nguyen Huu Thanh

Nguyen Huu Thanh, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Ninh Thuan)

Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa

Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Ninh Thuan)

Nguyen Thi Lung

Nguyen Thi Lung, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Ninh Thuan)

Nguyen Van Nghia

Nguyen Van Nghia, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Ninh Thuan)

Nguyen Dinh T.

Nguyen Dinh T., arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Pham Van L.

Pham Van L., arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Nguyen Thi Truc Ly

Nguyen Thi Truc Ly, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Pham Ngoc Huyen

Pham Ngoc Huyen, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Nguyen Thi Thuy

Nguyen Thi Thuy, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Vo Nhu Huynh

Vo Nhu Huynh, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Doan Van Thuong

Doan Van Thuong, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Nguyen Thanh Toan

Nguyen Thanh Toan, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Pham Ngoc Hanh

Pham Ngoc Hanh, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Nguyen Thi Thuy Dung

Nguyen Thi Thuy Dung, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lieu

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lieu, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Nguyen Thi Lan Anh

Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Diep Ut Tien

Diep Ut Tien, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Nguyen Thi Truc Anh

Nguyen Thi Truc Anh, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Dinh Kha Ly

Dinh Kha Ly, arrested June 10, 2018 (Province: Dong Nai)

Nguyen Dinh Thanh

Nguyen Dinh Thanh, arrested June 8, 2018 (Province: Binh Duong)