January 6, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) issued the following statement in response to news that an American diplomat was brutally assaulted by Vietnamese police forces.
I’m appalled by the news that an American diplomat was assaulted by agents of the Vietnamese Government. Once again, this oppressive and barbarous regime has shown the world its true colors. The thugs and liars in Hanoi not only brutalize and oppress their own people, but have now decided to attack an American diplomat for merely attempting to meet with members of the clergy who have been jailed for their pro-democracy activism. This brutal and unprovoked attack must not go unanswered. I urge Secretary of State Clinton to once again add Vietnam to the list of Countries of Particular Concern.