It’s official — a week after a sudden security lockdown in Vietnam’s Saigon — the government says COVID lockdown is over.
But Vietnam’s Communist Party has made clear that its North Central Zone is not the only place in the country that needs to be “safer, more secure and free.” The party’s national leaders have officially launched a national plan to up security and stability across the country, ordered a total reevaluation of political prisoners and warned against “independenceist acts.”
The party’s leaders have also temporarily suspended the relocation of the US embassy in Vietnam, from Cam Ranh to Ho Chi Minh City. The US embassy in Vietnam is moving to Ho Chi Minh City due to diplomatic limbo.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc presented the national security plan at a meeting with the country’s top leaders Monday, according to local media.
“These policies aspired to the reconciliation between Vietnamese people and accelerate the deepening of national unity,” Phuc said, according to eNews Weekly.
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated by government officials last week as part of the COVID lockdown, the most massive security deployment in Saigon since the communist takeover of the country in 1975.