Rep. Zoe Lofgren Joins San Jose Vietnamese-American Community Commemorating 38th Black April Day

April 30, 2013
Press Release

Today Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), released the following statement commemorating Black April Day, traditionally observed by the Vietnamese American community on April 30th, referring to the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, as the day the South Vietnamese government fell to the North Vietnamese communist regime:

"Today I join others around the world in commemorating the 38th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. Even today as a vibrant Vietnamese-American community contributes to our society, our economy, and our culture, they have not forgotten this day's significance. Thirty-eight years later, the Vietnamese government ranks alongside other dubious regimes such as Iran, North Korea, and Sudan in oppressing its people and violating basic human rights. This is why I have re-introduced the FREE Vietnam Act, tying coveted trade preferences to Vietnam improving the human rights of its citizens. Like the Vietnamese-Americans in my community, I will continue to press Vietnam to improve their human rights record."

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