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Vietnam: Singer and concertgoers allegedly beaten

30 August 2018
Vietnamese singer Nguyen Tin and several concertgoers were allegedly beaten by police officers who shut down a show at a cafe in Ho Chi Minh City.
Photo: Nguyen Tin after the alleged assault / Nguyen Tin Facebook

 

Vietnamese singer and rights activist Nguyen Tin and several concertgoers were allegedly beaten by police officers during a small show at a cafe in Ho Chi Minh City on 15 August 2018, according to Amnesty International.

Tin was performing pre-Communist era love songs to an audience of about 50 people, including prominent rights activists Pham Doan Trang and Nguyen Dai, when dozens of policemen entered the Casanova Cafe and shut down the show, reported Radio Free Asia. Police allegedly searched concertgoers for their ID cards and attacked at least four activists. According to to BBC, police said the singer did not have permission to perform.

Tin, Trang and Dai said they were taken away and severely beaten before being released. Trang, a journalist, alleges police gave her money for a taxi after dropping her off on a dark street, where she was set upon by a group of men who beat her over the head with a motorbike helmet, according to Human Rights Watch. Her injuries required hospital treatment.

Tin said he was abandoned in deserted rubber plantation in Cu Chi, about 60 kilometres out of town. Dai was reportedly left at a different spot in the same district.

In June, Tin was detained for three days and allegedly beaten by police after attending a mass protest in Ho Chi Minh City about new economic zones and cyber security laws.

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