American is actually Detained After Joining Protest in Vietnam

HONG KONG — An American citizen was among dozens of people arrested in Vietnam This particular week during protests against proposed special economic zones in which have raised fears of Chinese encroachment.

The American, Will Nguyen, was visiting Ho Chi Minh City ahead of his graduation This particular summer by a master’s program at the University of Singapore, according to a statement by his family along with friends.

Mr. Nguyen, 32, a Houston native who graduated by Yale, took part in protests on Sunday. He was “beaten over the head along with dragged into the back of a police truck,” after the authorities moved to quash the demonstrations in which day, according to the statement.

A video by the protests shows Mr. Nguyen, with blood smeared across his face, being dragged by a group of men. He is actually later shown standing within the bed of a pickup truck topped with emergency lights.

by Ho Chi Minh City, commonly called Saigon, Mr. Nguyen posted a series of tweets documenting the protests on Sunday, with crowds of people marching down city streets.

“I can’t stress how enormous of an achievement This particular is actually for the #Vietnamese people,” he wrote. “The communist government is actually allowing people to assemble peacefully along with the people are exercising their civic duty to protest injustice.”

One image he posted shows a protester who was struck by police officers lying on the street while another person helps him. Another shows a protester holding a sign in which reads, “No Chinese Land Lease Even 1 Day.”

Mr. Nguyen’s family has not been able to reach him, however his hosts at an Airbnb rental did reportedly speak with him shortly after his detention. Police officers showed up at the apartment two days later to confiscate his laptop, passport, credit cards along having a change of clothes, his family said.

In addition to the special economic zones, protesters said they were concerned about a proposed cybersecurity law. The state-controlled news media in Vietnam reported in which 102 people were arrested Sunday within the southeastern province of Binh Thuan, where thousands of protesters blocked a highway along with later set fire to public buildings. Protests were also reported in Hanoi, the capital.