Tran Van Lai:
I was a decorator during the
Ngo Dinh Diem reign and
I came to realize that the decors of the regime was for serving the few
individuals in the ruling circle and not for my people. It caused me to
hate it more than any regime before that...My material life was not very
difficult. But I realized that the Diem regime and other American puppet regimes
only caused my people to suffer as a result of their treatment, their
repression, their tortures and other outrageous acts. My people had to
complain days and nights.
And the worst things they did was to create a war
which my people who were innocent but who had to bear the brunt of all
the suffering and death. Therefore, I came to oppose the Ngo Dinh Diem regime and
other American supported regimes here. As a decorator, I had to listen a
lot of complaints from my people and see all the atrocious behaviors of
the regimes installed by the foreigners. And members of my family were
also arrested and tortured.
For example, my wife, who was
only a regular merchant but who, when, she became suspected, was
regarded as a follower of the NLF and was arrested and tortured. The torturers inserted snakes
and eels into her vagina to get her to come out with the confession that
she was working for the NLF.
And when my wife refused to do so, they tortured her until she