Nguyen Thi Nguyet Anh:
I was arrested the second
time in...1966. In my house there was a girl
who was a courier. She went back to her native village and on the way
back to the city the secret police followed her and arrested her.
After they arrested the girl, they came to my house
that night to arrest me. They arrested me and closed the door behind
them. The dogs barked very fiercely. I realized that I could not escape
and had to allow them to arrest me.
I knew that when the girl did not come back in time
she would certainly have been arrested along the road by the secret
police. So that night when they arrested me they shut me up in one
place, and the girl in another place. And the first thing they did to me
was to direct the glaring lights on my face, forcing me to write down my
But I refused to volunteer any information. So they
brought out a big and long whip and beat me on my behind and on my head
repeatedly. They beat me so hard that I was knocked down to the floor.
While they were beating me up, they were also roughing up two other
persons, one man and one woman.
This time, while they were torturing me, there was an
American adviser standing next to them. The American was as big as that
and he was observing them. He was looking on while his henchmen roughed
I was beaten up for twenty-one nights in succession.
But I still did not give them any information at all. They forced me to
confess that I had connection with the Viet Cong and worked as a smuggler of contraband into the
city. I refused to make such a statement.
And so they began to insert needles into the tips of
my ten fingers, saying that if I did not write down what they wanted and
did not admit that I was a Viet
Cong then they would continue to insert the needles.
But I was determined not to say anything at all
because I was extremely angry at the enemy and I loved my country so
much. This was because every day bombs and shells and the blood and
bones of my people continued to appear before my eyes. Hence, my outrage
was to the extreme and I would never come out with any information at
And so they subjected me to another form of torture.
They tied my nipples to electric wires and then gave me electric shocks,
knocking me to the floor every time they did that. Every time I sat up
after I was knocked down, they said that if they did not get the
necessary information they would continue with the torture.
There were always two American advisers standing on
either side of me. On the twenty-first night of the torture, another
American adviser appeared on the scene. And so the two of them were
standing on either side of me while their henchmen tortured me. The
Americans laughed joyfully as I was being tortured. But I refused to
come out with any information at all.
After this initial torturing session, they sent me to
the Gia Long police headquarters and had me tortured there, then they
sent me to the interrogation center of Thanh Binh and then dispatched me
to the arsenal and imprisoned me there for six months.
After six months of
imprisonment and of refusing to give them any kind of information at all
on our organizations and infrastructures, they released me. After I was
released, I continued with my revolutionary activities until the day the
city of Da Nang