Re: Rally at Capitol speaks for Hmong lost in Laos
- From: brushoff <mbrushoff@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 21:44:40 -0700 (PDT)
On Mar 25, 10:32 pm, ເຄຣຊີ້ແລຣີ້ <larrype...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Mar 25, 2:35 pm, ລາວພວນ ລາວຮັກຊາດ <phet...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
WOY-WAI Meo uprising again
I feel sorry for DKJ and Thanouxai try hard to repaire
a family dispute between Lao-Hmong, nothing work i guess
and also very sad to see our Hmong friend betrayed to
our motherland....see for yourself..
By Stephen Magagnini - smagagn...@xxxxxxxxxx
Published 12:00 am PDT Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Story appeared in METRO section, Page B1
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Neng Vang, 53, of North Sacramento holds one of 71 crosses
representing Hmong relatives believed to have died in Laos this year
at a protest Monday at the Capitol. Vietnam veterans and state
legislators joined hundreds of Northern California Hmong in calling
for an end to the humanitarian crisis in Thailand and Laos. Renée C..
Byer / rb...@xxxxxxxxxx
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The tear-stained struggle to save several thousand Hmong hiding in the
Lao jungles and another 8,000 Hmong refugees in Thailand returned to
the State Capitol on Monday morning.
Hundreds of Northern California Hmong, along with Vietnam veterans and
state legislators, rallied around 71 white wooden crosses, each
representing the soul of a Hmong who died this year in Laos.
The deaths - 49 from starvation and 22 at the hands of Lao soldiers
between Jan. 15 and Feb. 10 - were reported by the Oroville-based Fact
Finding Commission, a nonprofit group in constant contact with Hmong
"We got calls from leaders in the jungle who gave us the names," said
the FFC's Ger Vang. "They can show U.S. or U.N. officials where the
bodies are buried."
The Lao government has repeatedly denied that Hmong are being hunted,
persecuted or killed, and the U.S. State Department has been unable to
confirm the 71 deaths.
But to the 71 Hmong Americans each holding a white cross bearing the
name and age of a lost relative, the deaths seemed all too real.
"She's my cousin," said Macy Yang, 16, of the name on her cross, Mee
Thao, a 2-year-old who allegedly died of starvation. "I'm so sad - I
can't believe this has happened," said Yang, a Foothill High junior
who hopes to become a doctor.
"The crosses are to make sure we never, never forget. This situation
has to be ended now," said Assemblyman Dave Jones, D-Sacramento.
Jones said 23 state legislators have joined him as co-authors of Joint
Resolution 36, the Hmong Human Rights Resolution, asking the U.S.
government to intervene on behalf of the Hmong in Laos and 8,000 more
Acknowledging the more than 15 years that Hmong guerrillas recruited
by the CIA fought a secret war against the Lao and Vietnamese
communists, Jones said, "Not everyone knows the tremendous sacrifice
and courage the Hmong people showed, and paid a tremendous price -
being driven from your villages into the jungles. ...
"That genocide and that persecution continues today," Jones said.
"We're asking the federal government to stand up and insist the
Jones and others also urged Thailand not to send back 8,000 Hmong who
fled communist Laos. The Thai government says its policy is not to
send back refugees who fear persecution.
Hmong advocates and veterans were joined on the north Capitol steps by
several U.S. veterans.
"I served two years in Vietnam, but I knew I was coming home," said
retired Col. Bill Fortier of Chico. "The people we left behind have
suffered the last 33 years for the sacrifices they made for America.
They lost 30,000 killed in action, 10 percent of the Hmong people."
Fortier called for the U.S. government to stop funding Laos through
the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the World Monetary
Fund. "And we're going to picket every major corporation that does
business with Laos," he said.
Cher Chang, a UC Berkeley statistics major from Sacramento, said his
father and grandfather served in the secret war, "and my uncle is
still in the jungle. Once in a while he's able to call my mom, and the
situation is very dire.
"We as Hmong people know this is going on," said Chang, 22. "It gets
me emotional when we hear the U.S. government refuses to admit this is
These people are being led around like sheeps. The organizers are
preying on their emotions, not their brains. They are not doing
anything to unite Laos, in fct they are deviding Laos.
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Emotion,when your dicks got the pride,motionless are you both mother
sucker, ugly sleazy paddak,buffalo brains.......need more milk?
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