Dưới đây là bài đọc của cháu Nguyễn thanh Hương, ái nữ của NT4 Nguyễn gia Hưng trong ngày tranh đấu cho Cờ vàng tại City Hall ở Toronto, Canada nhân dịp quốc hận 30/04/2006 :
City of Toronto, April 30, 2006.
We, the Vietnamese community in Toronto Canada who have been through tremendous pain and have experienced unfair treatment under the Communist regime in Vietnam after 1975 have chosen and will always continue to choose the Yellow Flag with Three stripes to represent our community. This flag represents our heritage - the Free Vietnamese community. We will never cease to recognize this flag as OUR flag, the Vietnamese flag. This flag represents the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees forced to escape the communist regime in Vietnam – exiled from the only country they and their ancestors had ever known.
Picture this, picture a military regime taking over Toronto, City Hall, honest hard working people’s homes and businesses. Picture Torontonians being oppressed by this regime. Picture a Toronto hijacked by terrorists… this is what the Communist Vietnamese Red flag represents to us and for that reason, it will never ever, be the Vietnamese flag for us.
We will never forget the inhumane crimes that the Vietnamese communists committed. In 1968 thousands of Hue Vietnamese were buried alive. Why? Because they opposed the Communist movement and because they owned land the communist government wanted.
Let us not forget the thousands of Vietnamese people forced to work in concentration camps because they believed in a free and democratic Vietnam. These people were once lawyers, doctors, professors, and business people – reduced to camp laborers. The laborers were tortured, starved, forced to eat shrubs that sprouted from the ground...And I ask the City of Toronto, does this story sound familiar? Perhaps like the story of the Jews in concentration camps? I leave that question open to the City Councilors and Mayor Miller to answer. We the democratic, free Vietnamese community already know the answer to that question.
The City of Toronto apologizes for not allowing us to raise our flag because it does not adhere to the Federal government’s protocols on matters of national and international flags. This statement goes against everything this city fundamentally stands for: multiculturalism and the right for these cultures to express their beliefs and celebrate their traditions. How can we call ourselves a “world city” if we deny our own people the right to remember, to celebrate their own culture? By accepting the Vietnamese flag as a red flag with a yellow star in the middle, the City is telling us who we should be…and I will never stand by that…ever.
My name is Huong Nguyen and I am proud to call the Yellow Freedom flag the Flag of Vietnam.