Secretary of State Hillary ClintonVietnam flew to Vietnam this week shortly after Vietnamese courts convicted three labour activists and six Catholic villagers who were arrested after a clash with police when they tried to bury an 82-year-old woman near Danang.
Several US Congressmen tried to intervene and contended police physically abused the villagers and caused two miscarriages. The Vietnamese government denied any injuries occurred in what it termed a land dispute.
The labor activists were convicted of disrupting security and distributing reactionary leaflets after they instigated several strikes in and near Ho Chi Minh City.
Clinton was asked to speak out against these and other incidents on her visit to Hanoi this week for talks with regional leaders attending the East Asia Summit of ASEAN.
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