Usually when you take a taxi ride, the worst you could reasonably expect is an erratic driver or maybe a little price gouging. But if you’re an active human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience in Vietnam, such as Mr. Nguyen Bac Truyen, 47, you would be followed by the police and get beaten down in broad daylight, along with your wife and taxi driver.
As Mr. Truyen was on his way to the Australian Embassy in Hanoi on February 24, 2014. his taxi was stopped by plainclothes security agents and brutally punched along with his wife and taxi driver leaving them bloodied. It isn’t like this incident came out of nowhere. Two weeks earlier, he had another encounter with the police that likely lead to this trip.
According to Danlambao:
On February 09, 2014, hundreds of police conducted a violent raid to arrest Mr. Truyen at the couple’s home in Dong Thap province. He was released the next day and forced to return to his parents’ home in Saigon. Following his arrest, the authorities have carried out a series of illegal activities against his friends and other activists including Bui Thi Minh Hang, Nguyen Thi Thuy Quynh, and Nguyen Van Minh those who were arbitrarily arrested while on their way to visit Mr. Truyen’s family in Dong Thap and are still being detained for 14 days.
The attack ended when locals came to their rescue and the agents simply walking away. They were admitted to a nearby hospital after reaching the embassy.