Party ramps up dis­si­dent ar­rests

Southeast Asia Globe - - Panorama -

Six Viet­namese ac­tivists were ar­rested for “at­tempt­ing to over­throw the state”, a con­tin­u­a­tion of the coun­try's re­cent crack­down against dis­sent since the 2016 lead­er­ship change. Jailed for be­tween seven and 15 years – the longest sen­tence handed out for years – the ac­tivists were al­legedly af­fil­i­ated with the Broth­er­hood for Democ­racy group and are ac­cused of push­ing for multi-party democ­racy. The for­eign min­istry in­sisted “there are no so-called prisoners of con­science and no ar­rests of peo­ple who ex­press their per­sonal view­points”. Amnesty In­ter­na­tional claims that 97 dis­si­dents are cur­rently in prison in Viet­nam.

Viet­namese ac­tivist Nguyen Van Tuc (sec­ond from left) fac­ing trial for al­legedly work­ing with a pro-democ­racy group

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