Dissent punished as crackdown continues

Protesting against the evils of foreign capital was once the sine qua non of orthodox Marxist behaviour, and yet the Communist party of Vietnam continues to target such activities in its harshest crackdown for years. In a Ho Chi Minh City court-room, five activists were the latest to receive lengthy jail terms for their involvement…

Vietnamese activist Tran Thi Xuan (C) stands during her trial in Ha Tinh province on April 12, 2018, where she was sentenced to nine years on charges of subversion, according to the state-run Vietnamnet news site. Three Vietnamese activists were jailed at separate trials on April 12 in the one-party state where a conservative leadership is accused of mounting an aggressive campaign against critics in recent months. / AFP PHOTO / Vietnam News Agency / Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam jails Catholic social activist for 9 years

Ha Tinh Vietnam April 13, 2018 A court in central Vietnam has jailed a Catholic activist after convicting her of subverting the communist state. The People’s Court in Ha Tinh Province sentenced Teresa Tran Thi Xuan to nine years in prison on April 12 for “attempting to overthrow the people’s government,” the state-run Ha Tinh…