VIETNAM IMPRISONS ACTIVISTS

Wall Street Journal on May 17, 2013, published an AP report on a Vietnamese court sentencing two student activists to between six and eight years in prison for distributing leaflets calling on people to demonstrate against China. Excerpts below:

The sentences were the latest in an intensified crackdown against dissent in the one-party, authoritarian state.

Lawyer Nguyen Thanh Luong says Nguyen Phuong Uyen was sentenced to six years, while Dinh Nguyen Kha received eight years after a one-day trial.

They were arrested in October in Ho Chi Minh city for handing out leaflets urging protests against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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