Viet Nam-US Society expresses condolences over death of US peace activist

The Viet Nam-US Society has expressed its condolences over the death of William Coffin, a well-known peace activist and leader of the Anti-Vietnam war movement in the US during the 1960s and '70s.

William Coffin died of heart disease in Standfort, Vermont, o­n April 12, at the age of 82.

In its April 14 letter of condolence to Coffin's family and friends, the society wrote: "He devoted his life to the fight for social justice, against war, violence and racism. He was famous for his eloquent speeches calling for social justice, against violence and the American War in Viet Nam."

It continued to say that Coffin's voice was considered to be an important part in the "choir" of human conscience against injustices and prejudices in society.

"We still bear in mind his visit to Viet Nam in 1972 when the Viet Nam war was escalating, very intensive and astrocious," it said.

Vietnam News Agency