Yen Bai Uprising in French Indochina 1930-1931

[ 1930 - 1931 ]

The failure of the Vietnamese to gain political concessions from the French colonial government led to the formation of clandestine revolutionary organizations, such as the Viet Nam Quoc Dan Dang (VNQDD) or Vietnamese Nationalist Party, founded in 1927. Many vietnamese military officers and intellectuals joined the VNQDD, whose leader was Nguyan Thai Hoc (1904-30), a teacher, in hopes of achieving a democratic government free of the French. Engaging in terroritst activities, the VNQDD planned a general military uprising; on the night of February 9-10, 1930, native troops at the garrison of Yen Bai in Tonkin (north Vietnam) mutinied and killed their French officers. The French, alerted beforehand, brutally crushed the uprising a day later before othe indigenous garrisons followed suit. Nguyen Thai Hoc and 12 cohorts were arrested and beheaded. Many followers of the VNQDD, which was virtually destroyed, joined the Indochina Communist Party, formed in 1930 by Nguyen That Thanh (later known as Ho Chi Minh) (1890-1969), which fomented serious peasant uprisings in Tonkin and Annam (central Vietnam). With much rigor, French forces overwhelmed the rebels and reestablished control; hundreds of Vietnamese were slain and thousands imprisoned. Nonetheless, disturbances continued against French rule and became increasingly more vehement.

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