Vietnam's US friend Merle Ratner dies in traffic accident aged 67

By VNA   February 6, 2024 | 08:44 pm PT
Vietnam's US friend Merle Ratner dies in traffic accident aged 67
Merle Ratner (L) is at a demonstration opposing Agent Orange. Photo courtesy of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations
Merle Ratner, a renowned left-wing and anti-war activist in the U.S. and a close friend of Vietnam, died Monday evening in New York in a traffic accident.

Her husband Ngo Thanh Nhan, who is a professor at New York University, said that she was killed by a tow truck in the East Village while crossing the street near her house in Brooklyn.

Merle Evelyn Ratner, born in 1956 in New York City, has a special love for Vietnam. She took to the streets to protest against the Vietnam War when she was 13 years old and became famous for hanging anti-war slogans on the Statue of Liberty. She is a co-founder and coordinator of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign (VAORRC) in the New York area.

Ratner actively participated in protests against the U.S. war in Vietnam since the late 1960s, the anti-imperialist movement in the 1970s and 1980s, and anti-racism campaigns in America today.

After 1975, with a deep love for Vietnam, Ratner campaigned for the normalization of Vietnam-U.S. relations, and supported Vietnam's international activities. She visited Vietnam many times, and engaged in joint work with mass organizations, the Vietnam Fatherland Front, and the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics.

Ratner was awarded the "For the Development of Vietnamese Women" insignia in 2010 and the "For Vietnam Agent Orange Victims" insignia in 2013.

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