Nguyen Si Que:
During that period, in this village there was an army
outpost manned by blue sash soldiers. It was not actually inside this
village, but in Huong Thuy
village which was next door. The soldiers were sent into this village.
But the platoon commander was a Vietnamese. The post commander was a
Frenchman. The platoon commander informed us beforehand, so the village
inhabitants had time to disperse. Hence, they escaped repression. But
after that there was a repression against the demonstration at Phat Lat.
This demonstration included workers and peasants. The
repression caused a number of demonstrators to become injured. They shot
into the crowd that day. By 1931 they sent the
into this area. When the Legionnaires came, they came with armored vehicles and
machine guns. On May 1, 1931 there was no
demonstration in this area. But we sounded the gongs and the drums all
night and in every place.
While we were sounding our gongs and drums, the
soldiers fired into the village. But nobody was injured that night.
After that, the repression continued, carried out by the Legionnaires. The
burnt houses in the Huong
hamlet of this village and then threw people into the fire.
One person was burnt in this way after he had been shot. By the end of
they sent into this village several
hundred blue sash soldiers to carry out repression. They marched from
one end of the village to the other end.
The village inhabitants had told each other that
whenever a person was arrested, the rest of the inhabitants were to run
out there and rescue this person. As a result, they were not able to
arrest anyone at all because the village inhabitants protected the
cadres. The cadres in the Central Vietnam Executive Committee were then
living in this village. The last Regional Executive Committee was also
placed here. The house that belongs to Mrs. Dien was the last
headquarters of the Regional Executive Committee.
Afterwards, the French dug up
the whole place and arrested many cadres there. During the 1930-1931 period, it can be said that
the entire village population participated in the revolutionary
movement. As far as the cadres were concerned, they were mostly
arrested. Only a few were left. A number of those arrested returned in
1933. But the bulk returned in 1936. But the movement continued on. Even during
the period when revolutionary activities were waning, we still had
infrastructures here. That was during the 1933-1935 period. But the activities here were limited in