Vaïn Phuùc Vil­lage echoes Pres­i­dent Hoà's call to rise up in fight for in­de­pen­dence

Lo­cated on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal, a vil­lage usu­ally known for its hand­i­craft trade was the set­ting for a mo­men­tous up­ris­ing against the French colo­nial­ists mas­ter­minded by the coun­try’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary fa­ther.

Outlook - - CONTENTS - By Taï Nguyeân & Trung Hieáu

Lo­cated on the out­skirts of the cap­i­tal, a vil­lage usu­ally known for its hand­i­craft trade was the set­ting for a mo­men­tous up­ris­ing against the French colo­nial­ists mas­ter­minded by the coun­try's rev­o­lu­tion­ary fa­ther.

Vaïn Phuùc Vil­lage in Haø Ñoâng Dis­trict of Haø Noäi City is renowned for its tra­di­tional craft of silk weav­ing.

But dur­ing Vieät Nam's war against the French, the vil­lage, to­day known as Vaïn Phuùc Ward, was also iden­ti­fied with crit­i­cal points in the na­tion's his­tory.

It served as a safety zone for top lead­ers of the Com­mu­nist Party and was a launch­ing pad for the na­tion­wide up­ris­ing of 1945. It was also the place where Pres­i­dent Hoà Chí Minh lived and worked for a while prior to the war of re­sis­tance. It was dur­ing his stay in this vil­lage that he wrote The Call for Na­tion­wide War of Re­sis­tance.

Vaïn Phuùc's vil­lagers have main­tained a tra­di­tion of pa­tri­o­tism and have ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in the rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ment since the early days.

Dur­ing the Demo­cratic Front pe­riod (1936-1939), the vil­lage was a safe area for North Vieät Nam's Party Com­mit­tee, as it wel­comed a num­ber of se­nior lead­ers such as Party Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Nguyeãn Vaên Cöø, Tröôøng Chinh, Hoaøng Vaên Thuï and Hoaøng Quoác Vieät.

In the days of the Au­gust 1945 Revo­lu­tion, Vaïn Phuùc was one of the first places to stage an up­ris­ing be­fore the na­tion­wide Gen­eral Up­ris­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the Party Com­mit­tee's guide­lines, on Au­gust 16, 1945, the Com­mit­tee as­signed two armed units to guard the vil­lage and en­gage the en­emy around it. The Com­mit­tee also de­ployed a unit con­sist­ing of three armed groups to ar­rest re­ac­tionar­ies.

The up­ris­ing was car­ried out quickly. After about half an hour, stooges of the en­emy were ar­rested and had to sub­mit doc­u­ments and seals of the old regime to the revo­lu­tion force.

The night of Au­gust 16 was a his­toric mo­ment, and the whole vil­lage was awake. By early next morn­ing, Vaïn Phuùc had seized power and yel­low-star red flags were hung in ev­ery lane and ham­let of the vil­lage.

Slo­gans like "Free­dom, in­de­pen­dence", "De­feat the Ja­panese fas­cists and hench­men" and "Support Vieät Minh and the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Gov­ern­ment" were dis­played at the yard of the com­mu­nal house,

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