California Vietnamese Paper Sues Protesters Who Won’t Go Away

By: E&P Staff

Nguoi Viet Daily News, a Vietnamese newspaper in Westminster, Calif., is striking back against protesters who have been demonstrating outside its building in recent weeks over a photo.

The paper has filed suit against the protesters, who have lined the sidewalk daily outside the Little Saigon newspaper to oppose the newspaper’s publication of a photo they claim desecrated the South Vietnamese flag.

Many readers were outraged after a photo of a yellow foot spa, with red stripes designed to look like the flag, appeared in the newspaper?s Lunar New Year special edition. The backlash resulted in the firing of two top editors, and the Daily News issued a public apology for publishing the image. But for the protesters, this move wasn?t enough: They continue to demand the newspaper hold a public hearing to hear community members? grievances over the incident.

In a suit filed Friday in Orange County Superior Court, the paper accuses protesters Trong Doan, Ky Ngo, and Cung The Tran of harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of right to privacy, interfering with a business, nuisance, and trespassing. It alleges that the protesters screamed obscenities at the paper?s employees and customers, and hung an effigy of the editor and paraded it around Little Saigon in the back of a pickup.

Nguoi Viet Daily News is said to be the first daily newspaper published in Vietnamese in the United States.

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