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Vietnam arrests noodle vendor for his viral imitation of Salt Bae

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  • Bui Tuan Lam, a Vietnamese noodle vendor, was arrested on Wednesday over a video that was widely viewed as mocking a senior government official in Vietnam.
  • He was summoned by the police in 2021 after he went viral over a video of himself imitating celebrity chef Nusret Gökçe, also known as “Salt Bae,” who served an expensive steak to a Vietnamese government official.
  • He was charged for violating Article 117 of Vietnam’s Penal Code, which prohibits “creating, storing, and disseminating materials and items against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.”
  • The nation has been widely criticized for controlling online dissent.

A Vietnamese noodle vendor was arrested on Wednesday over a viral video that was widely viewed as mocking a senior government official in Vietnam. 

Bui Tuan Lam, also known as “Onion Leaf Bae,” was accused of anti-state propaganda for his online content, which police said distorted the policies of Vietnam’s ruling party.