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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1999 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The shopkeeper whose display of Communist symbols triggered weeks of protests earlier this year in Westminster's Little Saigon will go before an Orange County judge today to be sentenced on charges of video piracy. His attorney says Truong Van Tran plans to offer no defense in an abbreviated trial before Superior Court Judge Corey Cramin in Santa Ana on a felony charge of illegally copying thousands of videotapes at his video store in a Bolsa Avenue mini-mall.
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February 24, 1999 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mai Phan could have used more than 31 flavors this week. While other businesses near the Little Saigon protest site have lost half of their customers or more, Phan's Baskin-Robbins franchise is flourishing. For now, his business is no ordinary ice-cream cone, it's a double banana split with extra whipped cream. Phan serves 200 to 225 customers in an average day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1999 | NANCY WRIDE and HARRISON SHEPPARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A noisy but peaceful flashlight vigil drew 15,000 people to Little Saigon on Friday for prayers and a protest against what speakers called continued human rights violations in Vietnam, Westminster police said. The gathering was the latest--and largest--in weeks of demonstrations provoked by a merchant who posted a Communist flag and photograph of the late Ho Chi Minh in his Westminster video rental store.
NEWS
February 28, 1999 | GREG HERNANDEZ and PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The singing and low-key demonstrations that took place in Little Saigon on Saturday were a dramatic contrast to the 15,000 protesters who descended upon the Westminster community the night before. On Saturday, only a few hundred showed up in the morning and afternoon. The crowd then grew to more than 3,000 by 10 p.m. Police reported no incidents. Protest organizers had told police they expected 50,000 demonstrators for a nighttime rally with live bands.
NEWS
July 21, 1999 | MARC BALLON and TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A formal trade agreement between the United States and Vietnam won't necessarily lead to an immediate boom for Orange County's Vietnamese American entrepreneurs, because doing business with their homeland remains a controversial undertaking in this community of immigrants. Many of the county's 200,000-plus Vietnamese Americans served in the South Vietnamese military or were political prisoners. Some fled Vietnam in rickety boats to escape from Communist tyranny and oppression.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1999
The Westminster City Council Tuesday condemned nearly two months of protest that began when a Little Saigon shopkeeper displayed Communist icons of Vietnam in his video store. The anti-communist rallies, which at their peak attracted 15,000 protesters and a police response of 200 officers in riot gear, were "unlawful" because organizers failed to seek the proper permits, the council said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
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