I sent the following email this morningÃ‚Â to Supervisor Janet Nguyen regarding the “anti-communist” protesters in Little Saigon.Ã‚Â I will share her response, should she send one, once I receive it.Ã‚Â It is time that we get her position on this issue on the record.
From: Sean Mill [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 9:16 AM
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Alleged “anti-communist” protesters
Dear Supervisor Nguyen/Janet,
Recently there has been a lot of attention paid to folks in the Vietnamese community, who claim to be “anti-communist”, leading protests or threatening protests.Ã‚Â These folks have targeted Irvine Valley College, USC,Ã‚Â The Viet Weekly and Nguoi Viet Daily to name a few.Ã‚Â They are using threats, intimidation and physical assault as a means to push their political agenda.Ã‚Â I would like to know where you stand on this issue.
Do you support the actions of folks like Ky Ngo and Trong Doan?Ã‚Â Do you approve ofÃ‚Â tactics in which they use bomb threats, intimidation and physical assault?Ã‚Â I would like to hear yourÃ‚Â opinions on this.
Ã‚Â According to your friend Art Pedroza youÃ‚Â oppose these protesters.Ã‚Â He wrote on the LiberalOC last night, “I speak to her quite often. She has in fact told me that she is in no way connected to the protesters and she is not supporting them.”
Is this true?
I believe that people have the right to say and believe whatever they like.Ã‚Â It isÃ‚Â the bedrock on which this nation was founded.Ã‚Â I don’t believe that people should be forced to constantly face an angry mob of thugs and be threatened or physically assaulted on a daily basis just because folks don’t like what they say or do.Ã‚Â
The situation at Hi Tek Video in 1999 is a prime example of this.Ã‚Â Truong Van Tran hadÃ‚Â the Constitutional right to have a picture of Ho Chi Minh in his store and to fly the flag of Vietnam if he so desired.Ã‚Â It wasn’t a smart business move on his part, but it was his right.Ã‚Â But rather than simplyÃ‚Â boycotting his store, mobs of thugs acted out violently.Ã‚Â They even went as far as to attack aÃ‚Â U.S. Vietnam vet when he went there and told them that in America people have the right to place Ho Chi Minh’s picture anywhere they want.
The actions of these thugs/protesters is akin to the treacherous actions of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.Ã‚Â ThereÃ‚Â actions seek to infringe on the rights of others.Ã‚Â They believe in free speech as long as they like what you have to say.Ã‚Â That is quite un-American.
Please clarify your position on this matter.Ã‚Â You either support freedom for all or the thuggery of a few.
IÃ‚Â want to thank you in advance for your time and I eagerly await your response.
Sean H. Mill