Vietnam protests to Canada over ‘boat people’ commemoration

(Reuters) – Vietnam’s government rebuked Canada on Friday after the Canadian Senate passed a bill to commemorate the acceptance of 60,000 “boat people” who sought refuge in the wake of the communist takeover of South Vietnam 40 years ago.

Vietnam’s foreign ministry said it had summoned Canada’s ambassador to denounce the move by the Senate to officially mark April 30 as “Journey to Freedom Day”.

North Vietnamese forces captured the South Vietnamese capital Saigon on April 30, 1975, marking the end of a long war and prompting more than a million people to flee, many by boat.

Vietnam refers to the event as the date of its reunification.

The Canadian bill, proposed by a senator of Vietnamese descent, officially came into force on Thursday and is purely symbolic…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Maybe instead they can celebrate the mass executions carried out in the immediate aftermath of the glorious unification.
    Those enthusiastic North Vietnamese were not only executing South Vietnamese officials and military officers, but their wives too!
    No word on what they did with their children, but I’m sure it wasn’t nice.

    • Frau Katze

      Communism lives on…

    • Communists, the same thew world over.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Because it’s the only way communism can exist or survive.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The boat people were really annoying.
      In high school they spit rice everywhere in the cafeteria.

  • Alain

    So the communist are upset. Too bad, so sad not bugger off. Just another thing they share with the MUslims.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The answer to the question: “why are there Vietnamise boat people, mommy?”
    And how the left was knowingly lying about it at the time.
    Well worth the effort, and only takes a few moments to read.

  • This is all the more reason to commemorate when Vietnam became a communist hellhole.

  • cmh

    abolish the senate….harper has lost my support

  • Gary

    As usual, Canada got played for the Sucker as many fo the ” Refugees” were communists that didn’t want to stay in the South under that type of Communism or be seen as a traitor that would be killed. The Somali’s played us for suckers too and now some of their mosques are pumping out terrorists while many of them are still on welfare with no plan to be productive.
    Recently the Mexican’s Played us for suckers when 15,000 came here as tourists to get in and THEN made a Refugee claim for the Health Care and welfare. Canada gets about 1000 American’s a year that make a Refugee claim which included Randy Quaid in 2010 when he fled Hollywood for BC.

    • Minicapt

      Incoherent: without logical or meaningful connection; disjointed; rambling.


      • Gary

        It’s not my fault if you are in the low IQ bracket and too stupid to grasp the links for Canada’s intake of Boat people from Vietnam which are now protesting to have Canadian landmarks given names from places in South Vietnam so they feel like they are part of Canada.
        Canada isn’t a hotel or trailer park , it’s not our job to make foreigners feel at home by making Canada more like the hell holes they fled.

        • Minicapt

          … but consistent …


    • HalcyonDaze

      Speaking of Randy Quaid and that cult of serial masturbaters the Hollywood Whackers. Where are they now?

      • Gary

        Two years ago Randy was denied his refugee claim but he contested that and I think he is still in BC .
        Thousands of bogus refugees are part of the Fraud for Human trafficking and have Lawyers that get rich off the system to fight for them . Many of the Bogus refugees have been in Canada for almost 20 years , the scam is to pump out babies that are Canadian as we saw with the US Soldier that Olivia Chow supported for a Refugee claim when the Soldier was on vacation in Canada and coached to stay.
        Oddly though, Chow’s argument for letting the Soldier stay was that she had a baby her and it was cruel to tear that child away from its nation of birth…….but the Soldier had 3 children back home living with the father that Chow also wanted to bring to Canada to join his wife.
        So tell me Ms.Chow , why is it ok for 3 American children to be torn away from the Nation they were born in and had friends and relatives there while you argue that the Soldier’s baby born here shouldn’t be taken back home with the Mother because it’s cruel to do that to the child.