US-based Vietnamese group classified as terrorist organisation

Tuesday, 2018-01-30 22:30:10
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The scene of a petrol bomb attack at a police warehouse in the southern province of Dong Nai on April 8, 2017. (Photo by VnExpress)
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NDO/VNA – The “Provisional National Government of Vietnam” is a terrorist organisation in accordance with Vietnamese and international law, the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam has announced.

According to the announcement from the ministry which was posted on its portal on January 30, the “Chinh phu quoc gia Viet Nam lam thoi” (Provisional National Government of Vietnam) was previously known as the “Tan Dan Chu” (New Democracy) organisation. It is headquartered at 2807 Anaheim, California 92814, the US, with a phone number of 7605233011, and maintains websites at chinhphuquocgia.com, cuutuchinhtri.org, phamvanlong.com, and cpqgvnlt.com.

The organisation is led by Dao Minh Quan (Dao Van), a US national in Santa Ana, California, the US. Quan was born on July 27, 1952 in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue and has proclaimed himself as the Prime Minister of the “Provisional National Government of Vietnam.”

The “Provisional National Government of Vietnam” was established in the US in 1991 by Quan (a former Lieutenant in the Saigon army), and other puppet factions.

In 2015, the heads of the “Provisional National Government of Vietnam” instructed clandestine units in Vietnam to develop forces and establish “volunteer delegations”, seek venues to set up bases, and purchase weapons in preparation for militancy and acts of terror.

In 2017, they stepped up their efforts to expand forces, forming such groups as “Phuong Hoang,” “Mang Xa,” “Biet dong quan,” and “Dai Viet,” aiming to terrorise, sabotage, and assassinate officials.

Under direction from the heads of the “Provisional National Government of Vietnam”, faction members living in Vietnam perpetrated a petrol-bomb attack, destroying 320 vehicles which had been seized for traffic violations and were stored in a warehouse at the Bien Hoa city police station in the southern province of Dong Nai on April 8, 2017. They also planted incendiary devices in the parking lot and at the entrance gate of the international terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on April 22, 2017.

In April 2017, competent Vietnamese agencies launched legal proceedings against and detained 15 people who were known members of the organisation on charges of “conducting terrorism against the people’s administration” in line with Article 84 of Vietnam’s 1999 Penal Code. In December 2017, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court tried the case and sentenced those involved to serve 4-16 years in prison.