In Vietnam, a noodle seller was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for parodying a powerful minister. Further proof, if any, of the fact that the communist regime does not tolerate the slightest sign of dissent
In November 2021, a scandal shakes Vietnam: the Minister of Security, General To Lam, is in London where he is filmed eating a steak covered in 24-carat gold foil cooked by the restaurateur star of the media social known as Salt Bae. Cost of the steak: 1,600 pounds, while at the same time the Vietnamese population, hit hard by the Covid pandemic, is struggling to eat its fill.
A few days later, a noodle seller arouses general hilarity among Internet users: Bui Tuan Lam also publishes a video. We see him sprinkling his noodle soups not with gold leaf, but with green onions… perfectly imitating the characteristic gesture of the luxury cook from London.
He is arrested and imprisoned. His wife and three daughters have only seen him once since. This Thursday, May 25, they learned that Bui Tuan Lam was sentenced to five and a half years in prison, officially for having ” undermined public confidence in the state “. His trial lasted only one day.
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