VOA Vietnam has cancelled any upcoming events due of safety concerns, according to the broadcaster’s official account.
The decision comes amid the country’s ongoing political turmoil, which has seen the rise of anti-government protesters, and the potential for a new election.
On January 7, 2017, the state broadcaster issued a statement on social media stating that it was cancelling the upcoming events in the capital of Hanoi.
The statement said VOA was considering the “public safety of its guests and the citizens of Vietnam”.
On the same day, VOA’s official Twitter account tweeted that the broadcaster would “continue to monitor the situation”.
However, it also stated that it had decided not to cancel any upcoming VOA events “due to safety considerations”.
“We have no other choice,” VOA spokesperson Patrick Chew told reporters on January 9.
“Our guests and their families are not at risk.
We are taking these risks seriously and we will ensure our safety,” he said.
“We will continue to monitor events and our events will continue.”
The cancellation of the upcoming VOAs events comes amid a political crisis that has seen anti-Government protesters seize control of the country.
On the day of the announcement, the country was placed under a state of emergency, with the army being deployed to the capital to protect the government.
VOA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On December 28, 2017 a group of pro-government demonstrators stormed the Presidential Palace, forcing President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to flee the country, sparking a nationwide uprising.
President Nguyen also fled to Hong Kong, where he remains under house arrest.
The protests that erupted across Vietnam in late January, which saw pro-democracy protesters take to the streets in major cities, have become increasingly violent.
In the capital, Hano, pro-Trump protesters clashed with pro-Vietnam war veterans on February 2, killing five, injuring more than 100 and blocking the road leading to the city.
On February 12, a group that called itself “Hanoi Veterans Against the War” launched an attack on the US embassy in Hano and a military base, injuring eight people.
A total of 21 people have been arrested.
On March 13, a pro-Khamenei group called the Vietnamese Islamic Defenders Front (VIPF) attacked the US Embassy in Hsinchu, killing four and injuring 17, the government said.
On April 13, another group called Vietnam Veterans Against Hanoikong, also known as VVIPH, attacked the U.S. Embassy in the countrys capital, capital Hano.
On May 2, a man named Thien Thi Phan died when he was struck by a truck, injuring six others, including three security guards, on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where the event had been held.
On June 19, a protest against the upcoming presidential elections in Hhay Nam, a city in the south of the island, turned violent, with protesters smashing windows and throwing firebombs, according the government-affiliated South Vietnam Times.
On July 1, the VOA cancelled all upcoming events because of the current political situation, according its official account, which said it had suspended “all planned events.”
The suspension is due to “security considerations” and the government’s “commitment to safety,” according to VOA.
The broadcaster also stated it would “work with the government to maintain the integrity of the political process and promote peace and harmony in Vietnam.”
In a statement, the embassy in Vietnam said the VOAS cancellation was “in the interests of security and public safety of our guests and of Vietnam as a sovereign state.”
The embassy added that it would continue to “exercise its right to operate and conduct its operations with utmost restraint.”
“VOA has always been a reliable, open, transparent and transparent broadcaster that respects the values of freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and association of citizens in a free and democratic society,” the embassy said in a statement.
“VOC is the voice of the Vietnamese people and has always stood for freedom of speech, freedom of opinion, respect for human rights and freedom of religion.
VOC has always supported the Vietnam government, as well as for the country and the people, as its voice and the voice and voice of its citizens.”