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Vietnam - Harsher crackdown on dissidents prompts act of despair

Dang Thi Kim Lieng, the mother of the jailed blogger Ta Phong Tan, died after setting fire to herself today outside the headquarters of the People's Committee in Bac Lieu, Tan's home province, in an act of despair about her dissident daughter's trial next week in Ho Chi Minh City for criticizing corruption and injustice in her blog. “She was very worried about her daughter,” the Catholic activist Le Quoc Quan told Agence France-Presse. “She was very worried about her daughter's trial, she was (...)

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