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Vietnamese police attack US diplomat during meeting with priest

January 06, 2011

Vietnamese police attacked Christian Marchant, a US diplomat in Hanoi, as he was speaking with Father Nguyen Van Ly, a pro-democracy activist who was recently released from prison. There were hundreds of witnesses to the attack.

“We are aware of and deeply concerned by the incident and have officially registered a strong protest with the Vietnamese government in Hanoi,” said US State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2011 4:58 AM ET USA

    Stronger sanctions available? Maybe. Likely? Don't bet on it!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 06, 2011 10:46 PM ET USA

    And what is the effect of registering a "strong protest" expected to be? This reaction from the US borders on the laughable. Surely there are stronger sanctions available.