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Vietnamese police arrest 29 Catholics after conviction of human-rights advocate

April 05, 2011

Police in Hanoi arrested at least 29 Catholic activists outside the courthouse where a noted human-rights advocate was convicted on April 4.

The arrests, accompanied by rough handling from police in the presence of many eyewitnesses, drew expressions of concern from diplomats—especially after a trial that had been criticized. A spokesman for the US State Department said: "We're also troubled by the lack--apparent lack--of due process in the conduct of the trial and the continued detention of several individuals who are peacefully seeking to observe the proceedings.”

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