What I want to ask you is where you were before liberation, this is to say where were you before the liberation of Ban Me Thuot on March 10, 1975, and what were your activities among the population. For example, how you informed the population to prepare for a very big offensive and how the military post near where you were surrendered.
Y Luong Bya:
Before the offensive of March 10, I was assigned to be in close contact with the infrastructures that is to say, to be in close touch with the local inhabitants and to follow closely the situation regarding the enemy. I had to rally the population. On the morning after the battle, I was assigned to take over the administration of the village, to rally the masses and to arrest the local despots and the reactionaries. At the same time, we were trying to stabilize the situation.
When the attack was about to happen, the local inhabitants did report to us the situation concerning the enemy in the village and also the activities and movements of the soldiers in the fort nearby. This helped us protect our secrecy as well as our preparation for the attack. Therefore, right after liberation, besides supplying the armed forces we also worked at stabilizing the situation in the village. This was to help them normalize their lives as well as to believe more strongly in the final victory of the revolution. We called on the puppet troops and civil servants to surrender and to turn over their weapons and documents. As for those remnants who fled to other places or who were hiding out, we rallied the population to call them out to present themselves to us.