SUAB HMONG NEWS — Security officers at the 2015 Hmong July 4th festival had closed the entry gates at around 7:00PM on Sunday, July 5, 2015, that created confusion and angered many spectators.
Sandra Yang, one of many spectators, was trying to enter the event before 7:00 PM on Sunday, July 5, 2015. When at the gate, Sandra was told by security officers that she could not enter the festival. The reason for this was that there was no security to personally check her in at the gate.
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She had left one of her children inside the festival to go back home to pick up her other child to bring to the festival, because the sun was setting and the weather got cooler so her and her children could enjoy the festival together. Sandra stated, “I got a stamp on my arm on the way out from the gate and was told that I could get in free with the stamp on my arm. When I got back to the gate at around 6:40 PM, I was told by the Security Officer, at the gate, that the gates are closed and no one was allowed to get in because there were no more security personnel working at the gate to check people in”.
According to Sandra, there was no signs posted by the gates about the opening and closing times of the festival. After, she talked to the security officers, the police, and the people who worked at the ticket booth to try to get inside to get her other child. She was given the phone number of the president of the Lao Family Community to contact for further information about the closing time. She called the president of the Lao Family Community about ten times and no one answered.
She posted a video complaining about not to be able to get inside the festival on Facebook and it reached more than 90,000 views in four days.
“There should be signs posted at the gates dedicated to the opening and closing times so people would know…” said Sandra Yang.
There were more complaints about the 2015 Hmong July 4th festival that lead spectators to post on Social Media.
Watch the Suab Hmong News exclusive interview with Sandra Yang on how and why she was angry to not be able to re-enter the 2015 Hmong July 4th festival.