Developers say they have discovered the remains of at least 50 anti-French resistance fighters and war victims at a site in central Hanoi.
Workmen found bones and skull fragments while clearing the site of a market. They also found handcuffs and leg irons, which suggested that some of the dead were prisoners. The grave dates from 1946-1947, when fighting between Vietnamese resistance and French troops reoccupying the country after World War II broke out.
Pham Van Toan, who was working at the site, said the digging began at the weekend. Workers had found human remains “everyday since”, he said.
The former market was to be developed into a multi-storey shopping complex, but the plan was scrapped last week after historians, architects and the public voiced their concerns. Duong Trung Quoc, a well-known historian and MP, sent an open letter to Hanoi Chairman Nguyen The Thao asking city authorities to retain the “remembrance space that bears great historical significance”.
Westerners, especially Americans, seem to embrace their ignorance of VietNam’s history. This was the time when Ho Chi Minh was still known as the George Washington of IndoChina.
American military leaders in the Pacific Theatre were as grateful for his support and leadership as they were of the Burmese and Chinese who supported the campaign eastward into China against the Japanese invaders.
VietNam’s reward after World War 2? Uncle Sugar and the Brits stepped aside and waved the French back into their colonial empire – to die in despair and disgrace.