Monday, October 04, 2010


Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh announced the commencement of a monument dedicated to President Ho Chi Minh in Pleiku City in the Central Highland province of Gia Lai today.

Just yesterday, State President Nguyen Minh Triet on Oct. 3 joined Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City authorities in a ceremony in Hanoi to inaugurate a monument dedicated to Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Ton Duc Thang.  Speaking at the event, President Triet expressed his gratitude to the two beloved leaders of the Vietnamese people -- President Ho Chi Minh - the great teacher of the Vietnamese revolutionary, who led the entire Party, army and people to overcome all difficulties to gain victories and Ton Duc Thang - President Ho’s best friend, who devoted all his life to work for the nation’s independence and the people’s happiness.

President Triet said “Uncle Ho and Uncle Ton are bright symbols of patriotism, evolutionary ideology, and strong will for reunifying the country and building it into a socialist-oriented rich and strong one which stands on a par with other countries around the world.”

Those of you around my age remember Ho well as a great leader in the struggle for the liberation of the Vietnamese people...fighting the French, the Japanese, and the Americans.

Ho Chi Minh is a figure all of those who have ever jointed in the battle against imperialism will always venerate and think of with great respect.

An example of that worldwide respect was a a symposium held over the weekend in Argentina, highlighting contributions of President Ho Chi Minh to the world’s revolutionary movement and some lessons from his thought.

As described in his selected works published in Hanoi:

Ho Chi Minh, real name Nguyen Tat Thanh (1890-1969), Vietnamese Communist leader and the principal force behind the Vietnamese struggle against French colonial rule. Ho was born on May 19, 1890, in the village of Kimlien, Annam (central Vietnam), the son of an official who had resigned in protest against French domination of his country. Ho attended school in Hue and then briefly taught at a private school in Phan Thiet. In 1911 he was employed as a cook on a French steamship liner and thereafter worked in London and Paris. After World War I, using the pseudonym Nguyen Ai Quoc (Nguyen the Patriot), Ho engaged in radical activities and was in the founding group of the French Communist party. He was summoned to Moscow for training and, in late 1924, he was sent to Canton, China, where he organized a revolutionary movement among Vietnamese exiles. He was forced to leave China when local authorities cracked down on Communist activities, but he returned in 1930 to found the Indochinese Communist party (ICP). He stayed in Hong Kong as representative of the Communist International. In June 1931 Ho was arrested there by British police and remained in prison until his release in 1933. He then made his way back to the Soviet Union, where he reportedly spent several years recovering from tuberculosis. In 1938 he returned to China and served as an adviser with Chinese Communist armed forces. When Japan occupied Vietnam in 1941, he resumed contact with ICP leaders and helped to found a new Communist-dominated independence movement, popularly known as the Vietminh, that fought the Japanese. In August 1945, when Japan surrendered, the Vietminh seized power and proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) in Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh, now known by his final and best-known pseudonym (which means the “Enlightener”), became president. The French were unwilling to grant independence to their colonial subjects, and in late 1946 war broke out. For eight years Vietminh guerrillas fought French troops in the mountains and rice paddies of Vietnam, finally defeating them in the decisive Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Ho, however, was deprived of his victory. Subsequent negotiations at Geneva divided the country, with only the North assigned to the Vietminh. The DRV, with Ho still president, now devoted its efforts to constructing a Communist society in North Vietnam. In the early 1960s, however, conflict resumed in the South, where Communist-led guerrillas mounted an insurgency against the U.S.-supported regime in Saigon. Ho, now in poor health, was reduced to a largely ceremonial role, while policy was shaped by others. On September 3, 1969, he died in Hanoi of heart failure. In his honor, after the Communist conquest of the South in 1975, Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh was not only the founder of Vietnamese communism, he was the very soul of the revolution and of Vietnam's struggle for independence. His personal qualities of simplicity, integrity, and determination were widely admired, not only within Vietnam but elsewhere as well.

The following is from VOV News.

President Ho Chi Minh highlighted at Argentina's symposium

The Communist Party of Argentina (CPA) on held a symposium October 2, highlighting contributions of President Ho Chi Minh to the world’s revolutionary movement and some lessons from his thought.

CPA General Secretary Patricio Echegaray reviewed President Ho Chi Minh’s activities during cause of national liberation and affirmed that Ho Chi Minh was one of the most influential revolutionary leaders in the world in the 20thcentury.

He stressed that President Ho Chi Minh was the first to propose that a struggle against colonialism become a socialist struggle, which was then applied by many revolutionaries.

The Argentinean party leader praised Ho Chi Minh for his sensitivity and quickness in grasping people’s needs as well as his capacity to strengthen solidarity among forces and social circles in the fight against their main enemies, which was a key factor behind in the success of the Vietnam’s revolution.

A researcher on Vietnam Rogelio Roldan said that President Ho Chi Minh was a master in the cultural struggle to protect national traditions.

Addressing the symposium, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Van Dao thanked the CPA and people for supporting Vietnam in the past struggle for national independence and in the cause of socialist construction.

At the meeting, participants had an opportunity to watch a film on President Ho Chi Minh’s life and work.

The Vietnamese Embassy presented a copy of the Ho Chi Minh Works Collection in Spanish language to the CPA.

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