Vietnamese Police Stop Ukraine Fundraising Event

Ukrainian event organizers in Hanoi, Vietnam, said police prevented them from holding a fundraiser on Saturday to help those affected by Russia’s attacks on Ukraine.

Organizers said they had planned to sell food and souvenirs and hold an art auction to raise money for Ukrainians.

Julia, a Ukrainian living in Vietnam, said many people in her community were disappointed by the abrupt cancellation.

“We are very sad now as we have spent time and effort to prepare for the event,” Julia said

“It was expected to be a one-day event that many have been waiting for to learn more about our culture. We had prepared an exhibition, music, food, as well as souvenirs. We did all these things in order to raise funds for people in need in our home country,” Julia added.

Nguyen Duc Thi Hien, chief of staff of Nhat Tan Ward People’s Committee, said she did not know about the event and its cancellation.

On March 5, Human Rights Watch condemned Hanoi police and security forces for detaining many residents because they participated in a charity bazaar held by the Ukrainian Embassy.

Vietnam is among the 35 countries that abstained from voting on a U.N. General Assembly’s resolution demanding Russia to end its invasion and unconditionally withdraw its military forces from Ukraine.

Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry said about 7,000 Vietnamese citizens were living in Ukraine.

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