Vietnam to prosecute 84 for alleged involvement in Dak Lak attacks

Authorities blamed vague ‘organizations or individuals from overseas.’
By RFA Vietnamese
2023.06.23
Vietnam to prosecute 84 for alleged involvement in Dak Lak attacks Vietnamese security personnel arrest suspects in the armed attacks in Dak Lak province in this undated photo.
Vietnam Mobile Police High Command

Authorities in Vietnam said Friday they will prosecute 84 people accused of being involved in deadly attacks on two commune offices in central Dak Lak province and ordered them held in pre-trial detention.

It isn’t clear who was behind the June 11 attacks, which left nine people dead, or what motivated them.

On Friday, the Ministry of Public Security said it had confirmed that “organizations and individuals from overseas” had been involved, without getting more specific.

“Materials and evidence collected by security forces show that the incident took place with the support and guidance of several organizations and individuals from overseas,” the ministry said. “They even sent foreign-based people to Vietnam illegally in order to stage and direct the terrorist attacks.”

On Tuesday, Major General Pham Ngoc Viet, the head of the ministry’s Homeland Security Department, said that among those arrested in Dak Lak were members of “a U.S.-based organization” who had been “tasked to enter Vietnam and stage the attacks.”

The attacks occurred in an area that is home to about 30 indigenous tribes known collectively as Montagnards, who have historically felt persecuted or oppressed. But authorities have not said those arrested were Montagnards.

RFA interviewed several overseas Montagnard organizations who denied involvement in the incident and even condemned the violent attacks.

In the days immediately following the attack, authorities had said those involved were young people who harbored delusions and extremist attitudes and had been incited and abetted by the ringleaders via the internet.

Charges

In an announcement, the Dak Lak Provincial Police’s Investigation Agency said it will try 75 of the 84 defendants on charges of “conducting terrorist acts against the People’s government.”

Seven others were charged with “failing to denounce criminals,” while an eighth was charged with “hiding criminals” and a ninth with “organizing and brokering for others to exit, enter, or stay in Vietnam illegally.”

The Dak Lak People’s Procuracy approved the decision to prosecute the 84 and ordered them remanded to the provincial prison ahead of their trial.

The announcement said that security forces investigating the attack have so far confiscated 23 guns, two grenades, 1,199 bullets, 15 detonators, 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds) of explosives, a silencer, a landmine training model, and 30 knives. It said 10 flags from the United Front for the Liberation of Oppressed Races, or FULRO, were also seized.

FULRO, founded in the 1950s, was a resistance army that fought on the side of United States and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War before officially disbanding in the 1990s.  

Vietnam has asserted that rights groups working on Central Highlands issues are part of an ongoing separatist movement linked to FULRO, but the groups reject the claims, saying they are working nonviolently for human rights.

Anger and frustration in the Central Highlands has built up after decades of government surveillance, land disputes and economic hardship, RFA reported earlier. In recent months, there have been a number of land revocation incidents by local authorities, police and military forces.

In the ministry’s description of what transpired, about 40 people wearing camouflage vests and equipped with knives and guns split into two groups for a dawn attack on the offices in Ea Tieu and Ea Ktur communes.

Members of the two groups also had broken into Special Forces Brigade No. 198’s barracks in Hoa Dong commune in Dak Lak province to steal weapons, but failed, the ministry told state media.   

Those arrested said they sought to steal weapons so as to make news headlines, which they hoped would give them the opportunity to immigrate to other countries, according to the ministry. 

In their preliminary statements, those arrested said they had been incited by others to kill police officers.

Four police officers, two commune officials and three civilians were killed.

The attackers also kidnapped three civilians, though one of them managed to escape, and the others were rescued later, the ministry said.

Translated by Anna Vu. Edited by Joshua Lipes and Malcolm Foster.

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Dega people in the Central Highlands in Vietnam
Jun 23, 2023 09:47 PM

Call us savage, call us Fulro, call us Bajaraka, call us a source ground recreating fighter for Americans or French, call us terrorist, call us what you want.

But one thing is for sure without French created for the alphabet " Quoc Ngu." China has taken you back since then.

You have killed forty-eight thousand Americans and eradicated us nearly to the brink of extinction. Now, you cry for Americans and its allies to save you from your dad to take you back to where you came from. Go back to Ha Noi, and return the Central Highlands of Vietnam to the right owner, the Dega people, and DON'T FORGET THE DEGA PEOPLE'S GENOCIDE.

Dega people in the Central Highlands in Vietnam
Jun 25, 2023 09:07 PM

Philosopher George Santayana is probably best known today for his aphorism, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
It was a week ago incident in the Central Highlands at the commune Ea Tieo, Cu Kuin district, Dak Lak province. The communist Vietnam authority accused a group armed with weapons and in the American military uniform of Dega people as a FULRO attacked and killed several people, even though the FULRO does not exist anymore in Southeast Asia or America.
It is not news to the Dega people, but the danger of forgetting forty-seven years ago, after the Central Highlands in Vietnam took over by North Communist Vietnam. Under the slogan "To clean up, "the Republic of Vietnam and American soldiers' remnants were in Central Highlands during 1975-1986. A freelance paramilitary group (Similar to Adolf Hitler's mobile killing squads' the "Einzatgroupen") killing Jewish in World War II established called "Đội Du kích" in Vietnamese or "Mobile squads" in English in every village, hamlet, and district throughout the Central Highlands. The Dega people hunted and freely killed in the jungle, where they took refuge.
The most often subtle event staged by the communist authority, such as they made a perfect list of Dega people who remain in the village, but the aim was to arrest them. They inserted the body that had already been killed in the jungle and announced that they had captured some material and included the list of many people as a supporter of FULRO.
Then went back to the village, and many Dega people from the town to the village were arrested, kidnapped, executed, forced disappearance, tortured, raped, and imprisoned.
WHY THEY DO THAT?
Dear friends, be happy to read my short comparative story would help you understand.
In America, the central ideology of colonialism, first is in a Social Darwinist evolutionary perspective that conceptualizes Indigenous peoples in racialized terms, in the role of primitive Others compared to more advanced, evolved, or civilized settlers, racialized as White, immigrants are civilized and Indigenous peoples are primitive, backward, even prehistoric figures, no
matter their actual contemporaneity with settlers.
Second, are the terra nullius myths and "the Vanishing Race."
Terra Nullius. This myth asserts that settlers arrived in literally empty lands or, more commonly, in figuratively vacant lands due to the normatively
inappropriate occupation of those already there, thus denying meaningful Indigenous
presence both at the moment of the colonial invasion and subsequently.
And the myth of "the Vanishing race sees Indigenous peoples as doomed because they are ontologically or culturally ill-adapted to the contemporary civilized world.
Indigenous peoples were remnants of a bygone age, destined to be extinguished and superseded by a superior European race and civilization.
But, in the Central Highland of Vietnam, the colonial Vietnamese settler, besides learning and repeating with above colonialism ideology, the communist Vietnam regime explored a more complex approach by denying politically meaningful Dega people presence and with a teleological narrative that imagines Vietnamese settler colonialism as triumphant. From winning the war with the French and the Americans, stemming specific histories from their ancestor shaped by "expansionism, imperialism, racism and oppression." the authority of the Vietnam states depends upon ideologies seeking to justify and legitimate Vietnamese settler occupation and sovereignty, thus the ongoing existence and persistence of Dega peoples, as a source irritant, as threats to their civilizing, peace, security, productivity market relationships, and to the integrity of the colonial nation-state.
Therefore, the ultimate goal is "need Dega peoples to disappear entirely." And taking their land

Dega people in the Central Highlands in Vietnam
Jun 25, 2023 09:09 PM

Philosopher George Santayana is probably best known today for his aphorism, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
It was a week ago incident in the Central Highlands at the commune Ea Tieo, Cu Kuin district, Dak Lak province. The communist Vietnam authority accused a group armed with weapons and in the American military uniform of Dega people as a FULRO attacked and killed several people, even though the FULRO does not exist anymore in Southeast Asia or America.
It is not news to the Dega people, but the danger of forgetting forty-seven years ago, after the Central Highlands in Vietnam took over by North Communist Vietnam. Under the slogan "To clean up, "the Republic of Vietnam and American soldiers' remnants were in Central Highlands during 1975-1986. A freelance paramilitary group (Similar to Adolf Hitler's mobile killing squads' the "Einzatgroupen") killing Jewish in World War II established called "Đội Du kích" in Vietnamese or "Mobile squads" in English in every village, hamlet, and district throughout the Central Highlands. The Dega people hunted and freely killed in the jungle, where they took refuge.
The most often subtle event staged by the communist authority, such as they made a perfect list of Dega people who remain in the village, but the aim was to arrest them. They inserted the body that had already been killed in the jungle and announced that they had captured some material and included the list of many people as a supporter of FULRO.
Then went back to the village, and many Dega people from the town to the village were arrested, kidnapped, executed, forced disappearance, tortured, raped, and imprisoned.
WHY THEY DO THAT?
Dear friends, be happy to read my short comparative story would help you understand.
In America, the central ideology of colonialism, first is in a Social Darwinist evolutionary perspective that conceptualizes Indigenous peoples in racialized terms, in the role of primitive Others compared to more advanced, evolved, or civilized settlers, racialized as White, immigrants are civilized and Indigenous peoples are primitive, backward, even prehistoric figures, no
matter their actual contemporaneity with settlers.
Second, are the terra nullius myths and "the Vanishing Race."
Terra Nullius. This myth asserts that settlers arrived in literally empty lands or, more commonly, in figuratively vacant lands due to the normatively
inappropriate occupation of those already there, thus denying meaningful Indigenous
presence both at the moment of the colonial invasion and subsequently.
And the myth of "the Vanishing race sees Indigenous peoples as doomed because they are ontologically or culturally ill-adapted to the contemporary civilized world.
Indigenous peoples were remnants of a bygone age, destined to be extinguished and superseded by a superior European race and civilization.
But, in the Central Highland of Vietnam, the colonial Vietnamese settler, besides learning and repeating with above colonialism ideology, the communist Vietnam regime explored a more complex approach by denying politically meaningful Dega people presence and with a teleological narrative that imagines Vietnamese settler colonialism as triumphant. From winning the war with the French and the Americans, stemming specific histories from their ancestor shaped by "expansionism, imperialism, racism and oppression." the authority of the Vietnam states depends upon ideologies seeking to justify and legitimate Vietnamese settler occupation and sovereignty, thus the ongoing existence and persistence of Dega peoples, as a source irritant, as threats to their civilizing, peace, security, productivity market relationships, and to the integrity of the colonial nation-state.
Therefore, the ultimate goal is "need Dega peoples to disappear entirely." And taking their land

Dega people in the Central Highlands in Vietnam
Jun 25, 2023 09:15 PM

DEAR RFA,
Call it FULRO, call it BAJARAKA, call it terrorism, call it ground source recruiting fighters for American or French, call it what you want.
But one thing is true since humankind appear on the planet that the system of colonialism never existed the truth. So, what is different from your colonialization? Insofar we know what you become today is from lying, stealing, deceiving, ignorant, oppression, and by stopping us from evolving.
If you looked at the structural image of sixty-five years ago when you started to occupy our land, we were in the already existing world that was targeted for elimination by Vietnamese settler colonialism; we used to in good care of self-sufficient with our diverse farming and forest management in sustainable agriculture of forest following, self-supporting with our form of administration, law enforcement family, tribe, the school for our children and court system.
How far do Dega people already acquire the skills and attitudes that bring success in a liberal society, political democracy, and market economy today if not disturbed by genocidal will? Therefore, we always maintain our conceptualizations of nationhood grounded in specific relational responsibility ties to and with the land.
DON'T FORGET THE DEGA PEOPLE's GENOCIDE