Episode 2537 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about the attack by Montagnards against Vietnamese police stations. The featured story comes from the La Prensa latina Bilingual Media website and is titled: Scores arrested for killing 4 officers in Vietnam police stations attacks. The story was submitted by the Online News Editor.
The Montagnard people were allies of the Americans during the Vietnam War. They served well but were abandoned to the treacherous communists Vietnamese when the Americans departed Vietnam in 1973.
Montagnard is an umbrella term for the various indigenous peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The French term Montagnard signifies a mountain dweller, and is a carryover from the French colonial period in Vietnam. In Vietnamese, they are known by the term Moi, although this term can also be applied to other minority ethnic groups in Vietnam.
The Montagnards were heavily recruited by the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) and its American and Australian allies. The North Vietnamese were seen by some Montagnards as propounding a heavily centralized state that would not value Montagnard local priorities or religious practices.
On June 12, 2023, The Vietnamese Public Security Ministry reported an assault against two police stations near Buon Ma Thuot in the Dak Lak Province. The assault resulted in the death of four police officers along with an unknown number of civilians.
The story hints that the attack was carried out by the Montagnards. A story in Radio Free Asia provided possible motives for the attack on the police stations. The story reported last April that in the same region the Police beat dozens of locals from the Ebe minority who were opposed to a drainage project for fear that it would contaminate the waters of a lake on which their livelihood depends.
Listen to episode 2537 and discover more about the attack by Montagnards against Vietnamese police stations.