Vietnam is again getting international attention for imprisoning a political dissident, this time the son of a prominent Communist revolutionary who advocates for a multi-party system of government. Convicted in a tumultuous hearing this week of spreading anti-government propaganda is Cu Huy Ha Vu, son of a revolutionary leader who served with Ho Chi Minh.
The dissident had sued Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for approving the controversial bauxite mine in the Central Highlands that opponents say will harm the environment.
Several Vietnamese dissidents have been jailed recently on anti-government propaganda charges, and complaints have surfaced about the government’s efforts to block access to Facebook and other websites to discourage political activity.
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