A network of Vietnamese-Australians expressed their dissatisfaction after a video showing a man tearing up a yellow flag in southern Vietnam in Sydney was released.
A video circulating on social media shows a man lifting a flag from the pole of the Malik Building in Sydney suburbs in the afternoon after 30 April, a national day of mourning that commemorates the end of the Vietnam War.
You can see the man holding down the banner before shouting “light the flag” in Vietnamese.
The flag is popular not only among the isolated Vietnamese community, but also among the many refugees who fled to Australia after the Vietnam War.
From 1949 until the announcement of the Communist regime’s Vietnam War, it served as the flag of the former State of Vietnam and its successor, the Republic of Vietnam.
New South Wales Police discovered that an 18-year-old man had received a theft warning in the case, but said the Vietnamese Community (VCA) sanction in Australia was insufficient.
“The yellow flag is an old image of Vietnamese refugees in Australia. While the boy was lowering the flag, it shocked all Vietnamese refugees because it is no longer someone’s daily necessities“, the deputy said.
President of VCA, Kei Tohoan Mr Hwang showed a “hate crimes” meeting between the organization and NSW police on Tuesday.
A petition sent to Immigration Commissioner Alex Hawke, sent via an VCA vehicle, demands that men or women be stripped of their university visas for “publicly insulting” the flag on the leaf.
To date, the petition has received over 8,000 signatures.