Houstonian Will Nguyen returns to Twitter with defiance after arrest, detention in Vietnam

By On July 28, 2018

Houstonian Will Nguyen returns to Twitter with defiance after arrest, detention in Vietnam

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American-Vietnamese citizen William Nguyen is escorted by policemen to a courtroom for his trial in Ho Chi Minh City on July 20, 2018. He was convicted and released. AFP/Getty Images American-Vietnamese citizen William Nguyen is escorted by policemen to a courtroom for his trial in Ho Chi Minh City on July 20, 2018. He was con victed and released. AFP/Getty Images Houstonian Will Nguyen returns to Twitter with defiance after arrest, detention in Vietnam Back to Gallery

Will Nguyen, the Houston man who was released last week from detainment in Vietnam, returned to Twitter Friday with a defiant statement on the experience.

Nguye n, who is of Vietnamese descent, was beaten by police and detained after participating in a protest in Ho Chi Minh City, where he was on vacation. Days passed before his family knew where he was. It took even longer for him to be charged with the crime of disturbing the public peace.

"Imprisonment without charges, without any kind of release date is an immense form of coercion," he posted to the social media site. "I will never regret helping the Vietnamese people exercise #democracy ...and I will continue to help #Vietnam develop for the rest of my life."

Friday marked a week since his conviction and deportation from Vietnam. He spent 40 days in detention, during which time his Twitter account -- which he had used to document the unfurling protest -- had been silent.

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His first remarks since the ordeal reinforced his commitment to the country he knew much about and had long loved. He also posted a statement in Vietnamese.

Nguyen traveled to Singapore after his deportation and was expected to return to Houston next week.

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Emily Foxhall writes about all things Texas for the Houston Chronicle. Follow her on Twitter and send her story ideas at Emily.Foxhall@chron.com.

Source: Google News Vietnam | Netizen 24 Vietnam

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