“New Hope” Vigil and Hunger Strike for Vietnam
In conjunction with a worldwide movement in support of Vietnamese prisoners of conscience still lingering in communist jails in Vietnam, a group of young volunteers in the Washington metropolitan area held a vigil and hunger strike going from 6 p.m. July 24, 2015, until 6 a.m. July 25, 2015, at the Victims of Communism Memorial (300 New Jersey Avenue, NW) at the corner of New Jersey and Massachusetts Avenues, NW.
This worldwide coordinated action was done in conjunction with human rights and democracy activists inside Vietnam to show the solidarity of three million plus Vietnamese in the Diaspora together with their friends in all free nations in five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania).
This was our way of saying to our fellow Vietnamese brothers and sisters currently in communist jails in Vietnam, especially those prisoners of conscience whether they are there for political reasons or because of their religious convictions, that they are not forgotten even as Vietnam may soon become a member of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) with the United States.
We therefore appeal to human rights organizations and public opinion around the world to stand with us and lend us support in this worthwhile endeavor.
The event was a solemn occasion marked by songs of solidarity and remarks by ex-prisoners of conscience from Vietnamese communist jails.