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June 10, 1999 | Harrison Sheppard, (714) 966-5977
Truong Van Tran, the Little Saigon merchant who sparked protests by displaying Vietnamese Communist symbols in his store, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to video piracy charges resulting from a police raid on his business. Police on March 5 seized more than 15,000 allegedly pirated videos and 146 VCRs from Tran's Bolsa Avenue video store, where thousands of local Vietnamese had protested for 53 days because he displayed a picture of Ho Chi Minh and a Vietnamese Communist flag.
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OPINION
May 1, 2004
Re "Welcome to Our Cities, Unless You're Communist," April 28: Shame on Garden Grove City Council member Van Tran, Westminster City Councilman Andy Quach and the rest of the rabidly anti-communist Vietnamese community. As with the 1999 incident involving Truong Van Tran [who touched off protests in Westminster by hanging the Communist Vietnam flag in his shop], the Vietnamese exiles have shown that they believe in freedom of speech only when it dovetails with their own. On issues that truly affect the local community like, say, the Westminster School District's potential loss of state funds, where were Quach and the Vietnamese community?
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OPINION
May 1, 2004
Re "Welcome to Our Cities, Unless You're Communist," April 28: Shame on Garden Grove City Council member Van Tran, Westminster City Councilman Andy Quach and the rest of the rabidly anti-communist Vietnamese community. As with the 1999 incident involving Truong Van Tran [who touched off protests in Westminster by hanging the Communist Vietnam flag in his shop], the Vietnamese exiles have shown that they believe in freedom of speech only when it dovetails with their own. On issues that truly affect the local community like, say, the Westminster School District's potential loss of state funds, where were Quach and the Vietnamese community?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appeals court this week upheld the conviction of the man who sparked 1999's massive anti-Communist demonstrations in Little Saigon, clearing the way for the video store owner to serve out his three-month sentence for video piracy. Truong Van Tran, whose display of Communist icons prompted the protests and ultimately drew attention to his video counterfeiting, had asked the justices to throw out the conviction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1999
Re "Jubilant Protesters Declare Victory," March 12: Truong Van Tran has left the building. And now the mob can go back to whatever they were doing before engaging in their ham-fisted snit. What we have learned from the monthlong demonstration is that we have the freedom to shout down free speech and free thought if one just says the buzzword "communism." We have learned that the police have the freedom to confiscate private property if one just assumes copyright infringement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1999
Truong Van Tran, whose attempts to hang a Communist flag in his business have inflamed the Vietnamese community of Little Saigon, was pelted in the face with an egg and spat upon by demonstrators Monday as he tried to reopen his video store. Police dragged him into a squad car to protect him from the crowd but the 37-year-old Vietnamese immigrant fought the officers at every step. The latest confrontation unfolded after Tran notified police about 9 a.m. that he intended to reopen HiTek video.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1999 | TINI TRAN
A judge on Tuesday denied Truong Van Tran's request that the district attorney's office be disqualified from prosecuting the video piracy case against him. Attorneys for Tran, who set off a series of protests in Little Saigon by placing Communist symbols in his shop earlier this year, argued that Dist. Atty. Anthony J. Rackauckas was biased because he had spoken at a political rally in support of the protesters. They wanted the case to be handled instead by the state attorney general's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1999 | DAVID HALDANE and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
What began as a protest against a communist flag at a Westminster video store drew more than 10,000 people Monday to a political rally for freedom in Vietnam. Police said the crowd, which overflowed the shopping center and jammed nearby streets, was the largest by far in a month of demonstrations in Little Saigon. Vietnamese immigrants are protesting shopkeeper Truong Van Tran's display of the flag and a portrait of Ho Chi Minh. "For us, this is about more than Mr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1999
Police arrested one protester Thursday and ordered others away from a Little Saigon video store whose owner won a court ruling this week allowing him to hang a Communist Vietnamese flag. A small group of demonstrators spent the day waiting for Truong Van Tran, who was released from a hospital where he had been taken after collapsing Wednesday during a confrontation with protesters. But Tran said he will wait until the weekend to rehang the flag and a photo of Ho Chi Minh.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1999 | HARRISON SHEPPARD and PHIL WILLON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Orange County's Vietnamese community, it was a moment every bit as powerful as the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the removal of a simple blue sign over a Little Saigon video store Thursday, about 200 Vietnamese Americans marked the end of a two-month protest by erupting into cheers and shouts of "Down with communists! Down! Down! Down!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2000 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year after he provoked a storm of protest from the Vietnamese American community with his display of Communist icons, Truong Van Tran sued the city of Westminster and others Thursday for allegedly violating his free speech rights. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, accuses city officials, including Police Chief James Cook, of conspiring with the protesters and failing to enforce the law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2000 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was to be the start of a new movement, a reawakening of anti-Communist sentiment in Orange County's large Vietnamese community. It began last Jan. 17 when a video store owner put up the flag of Vietnam, sparking furious protests that members of the Vietnamese community hoped would galvanize an international protest against the Communist regime. But a year later, there is no sign that a larger movement was born. In fact, many say such a broad movement never was even possible, because the Vietnamese community unintentionally thwarts itself with conflicting passions and personal agendas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1999 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Little Saigon retailer was convicted Tuesday of video piracy and sentenced to 90 days in jail, but he said he has no regrets about displaying the Communist symbols that sparked two months of protests at his store and ultimately drew attention to his video counterfeiting. "Clearly, it's unfair," an unrepentant Truong Van Tran said in an interview at his home after his sentencing.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1999 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The shopkeeper whose display of Communist symbols sparked weeks of protests earlier this year in Little Saigon has dropped efforts to defend himself against charges of video piracy and will go before a judge today for sentencing. Truong Van Tran plans to offer no defense in an abbreviated trial before Orange County Superior Court Judge Corey Cramin on a felony charge of illegally copying thousands of videotapes at his store in a Bolsa Avenue mini-mall, according to his attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1999 | Harrison Sheppard, (714) 966-5977
Truong Van Tran, the Little Saigon merchant who sparked protests by displaying Vietnamese Communist symbols in his store, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to video piracy charges resulting from a police raid on his business. Police on March 5 seized more than 15,000 allegedly pirated videos and 146 VCRs from Tran's Bolsa Avenue video store, where thousands of local Vietnamese had protested for 53 days because he displayed a picture of Ho Chi Minh and a Vietnamese Communist flag.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1999
Re "Communist Flag Flies in the Face of Village Unity," Feb. 28 Orange County Voices, by Jeffrey Brody: I feel Brody has missed the point by oversimplifying this conflict between Truong Van Tran and the "community." This conflict goes far beyond the values of "village" culture. There are people out there protesting who have traveled from Europe to participate. It is fundamentally a political issue, not cultural. These people who are protesting against Tran were either victims or the relatives and friends of victims of a brutal Communist regime.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1999 | TINI TRAN
A judge on Tuesday denied Truong Van Tran's request that the district attorney's office be disqualified from prosecuting the video piracy case against him. Attorneys for Tran, who set off a series of protests in Little Saigon by placing Communist symbols in his shop earlier this year, argued that Dist. Atty. Anthony J. Rackauckas was biased because he had spoken at a political rally in support of the protesters. They wanted the case to be handled instead by the state attorney general's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1999
Re "Jubilant Protesters Declare Victory," March 12: Truong Van Tran has left the building. And now the mob can go back to whatever they were doing before engaging in their ham-fisted snit. What we have learned from the monthlong demonstration is that we have the freedom to shout down free speech and free thought if one just says the buzzword "communism." We have learned that the police have the freedom to confiscate private property if one just assumes copyright infringement.
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