December 28

French detectives reported that Nguyen Ai Quoc had continued to purchase leftist newspapers including L’Humanité (Humanity) and Journal du Peuple (People’s Daily), and used the subway to repeatedly evade the detectives.

President Ho Chi Minh (sitting) and his secretary Vu Dinh Huynh in Paris in 1946 (File photo)

French detectives reported that Nguyen Ai Quoc had met Ulisse Leriche, a member of the French Communist Party’s Central Committee, editorial staff of L’Humanité, and the head of the Party’s Board for Researching Colonial Issues.
Regarding the case of Nguyen Ai Quoc in Hong Kong, he was discharged from a hospital and set free according to a court order. However, French colonists continued to track him. Thanks to British lawyer Loseby’s family, however, the Vietnamese revolutionary managed to evade them.
President Ho Chi Minh attended a Government Council meeting to discuss establishing local courts and intervening to have the Thai Government to release Vietnamese political prisoners.
He wrote to Chinese residents [in Vietnam] to express his sympathy for them in the colonial time, saying, “In the period of misfortune, Chinese-Vietnamese brothers have showed deeper sympathy and tighter solidarity.”
In “Diary of a minister,” Le Van Hien wrote, “On December 28, 1946 he [Ho Chi Minh] wrote a letter to assign Vu Dinh Huynh to take care of French prisoners. He advised treatment of prisoners and civilians. According to him, [French prisoners] must receive good care and be treated courteously to show our hospitality to French people; and for them to see that we have fought for the country’s future and the Vietnamese nation, but we don’t hate them… We can suffer hardship, but we have to be more generous to them.
“In a letter to Hoang Huu Nam, Chief of the Secretariat, he said, ‘Assistance is needed for the Conference of intellectuals and officialdom to succeed.”
In an article titled “Hiep Hoa Commune’s children” published in Cuu Quoc (National Salvation), he wrote, “If young officials and women are good at organization and guidance, the Tran Quoc Toan movement will spread and develop.”
He continued to attend the National Assembly’s plenary session. After hearing a letter that a worker sent from Saigon to acclaim the NA’s draft amendment to the Constitution, he said, “It can be said that Southern compatriots have approved our new Constitution.”
In an article titled “Women’s interests must be ensured,” in Nhan Dan (People), he said, “Women’s interests have to be ensured. Women have to fight [for] themselves to preserve their interests.”
At a Politburo meeting to launch the Mau Than general offensive and uprising in 1968, he instructed, “Plans have to be made in detail. Contracts have to be in agreement with each other. Secrets must be absolute. Action must be determined. Officials must be exemplary.”

By Duong Trung Quoc* and his assistants
The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Minh Hy

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