Appeal made by Ho Chi Minh on February 18, 1930 following the founding of the Indochinese Communist Party,

...The Indochinese Communist Party has been founded. It is the Party of the working class. It will help the proletariat lead the revolution waged for the sake of all oppressed and exploited people. From now on we must join the Party, help it, and follow it in order to implement the following slogans:
1. To overthrow French imperialism and Vietnamese feudalism and reactionary bourgeoisie;
2. To make Indochina completely independent;
3. To establish a worker-peasant-soldier government;
4. To confiscate the banks and other enterprises belonging to the imperialists and to put them under the control of the worker-peasant-soldier government;
5. To confiscate all of the plantations and property belonging to the imperialists and the Vietnamese reactionary
bourgeoisie and distribute them to the poor peasants;
6. To implement the eight-hour working day;
7. To abolish the forced buying of government bonds, the poll-tax, and all unjust taxes hitting the poor;
8. To bring democratic freedom to the masses;
9. To dispense education to all the people;
10. To realize equality between man and woman.

While Ho was in Thailand and then back in Moscow, a revolutionary movement had gradually re-emerged in southern China. Three divergent “communist” parties had formed, with resulting weaknesses and setbacks, until an alarmed Moscow felt prompted to send Ho to try to forge common ground. Ho’s status as a revolutionary leader had been enhanced by his appointment as head of the Communist Far East Bureau in 1928.

But when Ho was in Hong Kong en route to China, the British arrested him as a revolutionary. His release in the spring of 1933, nearly two years later, from the Hong Kong prison reveals another remarkable example of his exceptional humanity, friendliness, sincerity, and charm. A British lawyer, Frank Loseby, who had met Ho and liked him, used a writ of habeas corpus to require that proper charges be made; subsequently, Sir Stafford Cripps who would later become Chancellor of the Exchequer, obtained a pardon from the Crown Council in London. Ho was nevertheless detained in the Hong Kong prison, most of the time in the hospital wing, where he inevitably endeared himself to the doctor and most of the staff. The wife of the vice-governor of Hong Kong and a friend of Loseby facilitated Ho’s clandestine departure on the governor’s cutter out to a Japanese cruise ship. Ho, dressed in the guise of a wealthy Chinese businessman, travelled with one of Loseby’s Chinese clerks, who pretended to be Ho’s secretary
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