W♥M #124 Excerpt
In Vietnam, Việt Khang wrote and recorded two protest songs, “Việt Nam Tôi Đâu?” (Where is My Vietnam?) and “Anh Là Ai?” (Who Are You?). After posting the songs online, Vietnamese police arrested Việt Khang.
Most of the update is from the excellent coverage from vanganh.info, which I'll summarize for those who can't read Vietnamese: About 700 people (mostly Vietnamese, some Hmong, some Americans) gathered in Washington DC on Saturday 3/4/2012 to prep their meeting with the White House for Tuesday, today, March 6th.
As expected, a lot of Washingtonians was at the scene, but I was surprised to hear people from all over (Chicagoans, Californians, Minnesotans, Philadelphians) traveling out to attend and support the Free Viet Khang moment.
The event is headed by Truc Ho, from SBTN (Saigon Broadcasting Television Network), and based on the pictures and reports, everything looks well organized.
The campaign is hoping to bring light to Vietnam's terrible human rights policy (or lack thereof), and asks President Barack Obama to stop trades with countries who disrespect those rights.
Currently the number of petition signatures is more than 130,000. Everyone is happy about the coverage and support.