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US Alarmed as Vietnam Jails Dissidents for Blocking Traffic

The United States expressed alarm over Vietnam's jailing of three activists on Tuesday for obstructing traffic, charges described by rights groups as trumped-up and aimed at crushing freedom of expression. A court in southern Dong Thap province found them guilty of “causing public disorder” and handed out sentences of between two and three years, the latest sign of Vietnam's zero-tolerance approach to dissent at a time when its communist rulers are seeking closer engagement with...

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