Sabotaging economic security

Several cases have emerged in recent years, including the case when evildoers seduced people to illegally demonstrate to protest China’s illegal placement of the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil drilling rig on Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in 2014. Accordingly, hostile forces took use of people’s patriotism to create riots in tens of provinces and cities nationwide, inciting malefactors to vandalize, raid, kill people, and cause damages to hundreds of businesses. Right after that, the police investigated and apprehended many individuals who are involved in the reactionary Viet Tan organization. These people confessed that they had been instructed and financially assisted by Viet Tan to incite people to illegally demonstrate… According to the Ministry of Finance, 480 businesses were damaged with the initial indemnity of over VND 1 trillion.

In Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces, since 2016, some locals have been incited to demonstrate, file a law-suit, and block National Road No.1. In Ky Anh (Ha Tinh) alone, just in a short period of time, some Catholic followers used rocks, bricks, fishing nets, and other materials to block the National Road No.1 five times, claiming that Formosa was polluting the environment. The case reached its peak when reactionists incited over 50 Catholic followers, armed with sticks, knives, axes, hammers, etc., to block the National Road No.1 with rocks, bricks, and fishing nets, at Doc Con on April 2, 2017. These Catholic followers threatened and were ready to attack passers-by, causing tens of kilometers of traffic jam, stopping all vehicles and people, including vehicles that were transporting patients to hospitals for emergency services, or carrying remains of martyrs who had fallen down in wars.

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No sooner had the case of road blockage been mollified, on the evening of April 3, 2017, stemming from a clash that had happened earlier among the locals in Thach Bang commune, Loc Ha district, Ha Tinh province, did reactionists incite more than 2,000 locals to occupy the compound of Loc Ha People’s Committee, beating and causing injuries to cadres, and damaging property.

Later on, functional agencies proved that both cases had been incited by reactionists who belong to “Hội anh em dân chủ” (Brotherhood for Democracy), “Con đường Việt Nam” (Vietnam Road), and Viet Tan.

In a separate incident, malefactors have recently incited local people to block the National Road No.1 in Binh Thuan after a thermo-power plant was said to pollute the air.

The above-mentioned cases seriously threaten economic security, causing huge damages to businesses and ordinary people. Thousands of drivers, business-people, and people nationwide were concerned and angry with these. If cases like these prolonged or repeated in other areas, they will create dangerous antecedents that not only delay transports or production, but also make regulations and laws become disregarded.

Seriously threatening political security and social order

On April 9, 2017, in Ky Ha commune, Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province, resulting from a complaint for compensation for a salt production piece of land and due to incitement of wrongdoers, flags of the former Saigon Government appeared at the event. From an economic issue, evildoers roused the masses to a political action. It is unacceptable to fly the flag of a regime that conducted many brutal crimes in the revolutionary countryside. This affronts sacrifices of millions of Vietnamese people who fell down for the country’s independence and freedom.

The plots and ruses, that aim to sabotage while making use of economic “hot spots”, become more dangerous and malevolent as the hostile forces incite and exaggerate to lead the government and people to confrontation. On the one hand, they focus on criticizing shortcomings and mistakes of the local governments, especially their corruption, bureaucracy, and isolation from the populace, to “pour more oil” to the “angry fire” of the people. On the other hand, they assault internally and externally by publishing arguments and banners to stimulate or praise spontaneous or unconscious actions of the people, extolling them to the skies as “bravery”, “maturity”, or “victory over the government”…

Those plots can be crystally exposed while spotting on some recent cases. While the authorities have tried their best to reasonably settle the cases and the people were aware of the issue, believing in the leadership of the Party and State, not accepting intervention or assistance from reactionists, the malefactors deliberately isolate the authorities from the people by disseminating distorted information such as “police beating people to death” or “people are willing to fight to death”… on the Internet.

One example of the distorted information can be seen through the case of Vung Ang. Many foreign media outlets like the VOA, BBC, RFA, and reactionary websites tried to “heat up the scauldron” by wrongly turned an economic issue into a greater political one. Once the issue was over, some of the so-called “analysts” announced their “reviews”, such as The case proves that the Vietnamese peasants were “enlightened” and “have more methods to encounter the authorities.” By doing so, they want to nurture the rebellious thoughts among the people, expecting that the people will uprise against the authorities to “do an exercise” for what they call “color revolution.” More poisonously, regardless of the factual information, they take advantage of a case to disinform about another case in other areas to “ignite fires”, trying to get attention from the public.

Avoiding repetition of dangerous antecedents

First of all, it is necessary to confirm that there are just a few “hot spots” that cause negative impacts on political security, economy, and social order in rural areas. However, despite the fact that those cases are quite rare, they leave behind unforeseen consequences on political security, economy as well as the flesh and bone relations between the Party, State and the people.

Agencies of the Party, State, and authorities have to strictly analyze, recognize, and settle the issue, before, during, and after it happens, positively, subtly, legally for the stability and development of each locality and the country as a whole. Remarkably, it is vital to draw lessons to improve efficiency and effectiveness of leadership and management, not to let bad antecedents be repeated.

Vietnam learnt a valuable lesson due to ignorance of democracy in rural areas while dealing with the case in Thai Binh province in 1997 when many people spontaneously protested against the local government. After the incident broke out, there were three suppositions of its cause: hostile sabotage; malefactors; and corruptive local cadres and weaknesses of the local authorities. Considering the issue thoroughly, the Politburo concluded that the main cause of the issue was the local authority’s mistakes and weaknesses. Consequently, over 2,000 cadres and Party members were punished and 70% of the Party committees in the province were replaced.

Meanwhile, there are cases when citizens’ complaints have been proved to be wrong. For instance, some households in Dai Tu district, Thai Nguyen province hired a solicitor and gathered to protest in front of the headquarters of the Vietnam Electricity Corporation (EVN) to ask for indemnity, claiming that the electricity grid harm their health. However, after reviewing the case, legal agencies confirmed that supporting the local people was responsibility of the local authorities and the protest in front of the EVN office was illegal.

Apart from being vigilant against the hostile forces’ plots and ruses which falsely create “hot spots”, Party committees and authorities at all levels, especially grass-root ones, must further promote their roles in preventing and settling the “hot spots.” To do this, a prerequisite requirement is that the local authorities must be strong and trusted by the people.

Recently, some complex cases relating to site clearance have been harmoniously handled as the local leaders held talks with their citizens. This method shows that being close to the people and talk with them more is necessary, but if this method is abused by passing the buck to the higher level, the issue cannot be solved. Therefore, it is essential to promote local leaders’ role, seriously observe regulations on holding talks with people, send cadres to the site to grasp the situation and settle emerging issues, and resolutely replace those cadres who are not trusted by the people or distance themselves from the people.

However, the authorities should be subtle once a “hot spot” is backed by malefactors or hostile forces that wait until the authorities use force to incite the people to confront the authorities, turning an economic “hot spot” into a political one that leads to social disorder. In this case, surely confrontation against the people will never be an option, but it is useful to quickly identify the conspirators and masterminds to foil their plots. Obviously, handling the issues needs to be done with calm and vigilant manners, and at a timely pace.

Each citizen should be vigilant, distance themselves from incitement that leads to unexpected violations of law. Our Party and State are trying their best to build a socialist legally constituted state that uphold the law where everyone works and lives their lives under the protection of the constitution and law. Violations of cadres will be seriously punished by law, not other means. The Party, State, and true citizens will never advocate “lawless” or “self-determined” behaviors but expect to build a society where law is upheld and the law of the land is respected.

Written by Cong Minh

Translated by Ngoc Hung