Vietnam Labels Canada-Based Viet Dynasty a ‘Terrorist’ Group

Vietnam’s government labeled the Canada-based exile group Viet Dynasty a “terrorist” organization, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement posted on its website.

Led by former members of the California-based Provisional National Government of Vietnam that authorities also labeled as a “terrorist” group in 2018, Viet Dynasty allegedly financed and directed its units in Vietnam to carry out terrorist and destructive activities and incite Vietnamese to protest and riot against the government, according to the government statement. The group, also known Trieu Dai Viet, allegedly financed weapons purchases and efforts to make bombs and publish “reactionary leaflets,” it said.

Representatives of Viet Dynasty were not immediately available for comment. Bloomberg News sent an email to the address listed on Viet Dynasty’s Facebook account seeking a response to the labeling.

The move comes ahead of the National Party Congress later this month, a politically sensitive time in the nation as a new slate of national leaders are picked for five-year terms.

In September, a Ho Chi Minh City court convicted 20 people of the 2018 bombing of a police station, an attack authorities said was orchestrated by people connected with Viet Dynasty, according to VnExpress news website.

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