More than 150 people gathered in St. Paul Minnesota to urge the United States and other international governments to ensure the rights of Hmong people.
More than 150 people gathered in St. PaulMinnesota to urge the United States and other international governments to ensure the rights of Hmong people.
Below is an article written by Chris Havens published in The Star Tribune:
More than 150 people gathered outside the State Capitol on Thursday [13 March 2008] to urge the United States and other international governments to ensure that the rights of Hmong people in Laos are protected.
Members of the crowd held hands and joined in chants of "Freedom now!"
Many Hmong […] face persecution in Laos today […].
Rally attendee Kao Vang of Brooklyn Center said it's important for the U.S. government to help free women and children hiding in the jungles of Laos.
Ethan Xiong of St. Paul stood at the back of the crowd and listened to stories of past atrocities. He observed that there weren't many young faces at the rally. It's kind of sad, he said. "They're the future."
The Unrepresented Nations and People Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent and democratic membership organisation. Its Members are indigenous peoples, minorities, unrecognised States and occupied territories that have joined together to defend their political, social and cultural rights, to preserve their environments and to promote their right to self-determination.