October 2013        

A true son of the Vietnamese people

Statement by the Communist Party of Ireland
5 October 2013

The Communist Party of Ireland offers its condolences to the people of Viet Nam on the death of one of their greats sons, General Vo Nguyen Giap, at the age of 102.
     A true son of the people, Vo was a humble and honest communist and staunch anti-imperialist. He dedicated his life to the struggle of the Vietnamese people to liberate themselves from the yoke of Japanese occupation, French colonial rule, and occupation by US imperialism. Together with Ho Chi Minh he masterminded the stunning defeat of the French imperial forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, effectually ending French colonial rule in the region.
     He went on to lead the Vietnamese people in their long struggle against US imperialism and its allies and was the mastermind behind the Tet offensive against American forces in 1968, when the Vietnamese liberation forces attacked more than forty provincial capitals and entered Saigon, then the capital city of South Viet Nam, briefly capturing the US embassy, one of the turning-points in the war of liberation.
     At the age of fourteen Vo joined a clandestine resistance movement, and by 1938 he was a member of the Indochinese Communist Party. He went to China with Ho Chi Minh before the Japanese invasion of Viet Nam and returned to wage guerrilla war against the occupying Japanese.
     Giap and his family paid a heavy price for their commitment to the freedom of the Vietnamese people. His first wife was arrested and died in a French prison.
     Irish communists salute this great anti-imperialist warrior and communist, hero of the Vietnamese people and an inspiration to all oppressed peoples. We dip our banner in salute.

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