Vietnam Questions 12 Activists After Training Stint in the Philippines

RFA Oct 10, 2013

Authorities in Vietnam detained for questioning a dozen young activists on their return from a training stint with a civil society organization in the Philippines amid suspicion in Hanoi that they might be involved in anti-government activities, according to friends and family.

The 12 youths had attended the two-week 2013 Civil Society study program with rights organization Asian Bridge Philippines in Manila and were taken into police custody in three separate groups on their return to Vietnam, beginning late last week.

“When I arrived at the airport, there were many policemen, which I already anticipated,” said blogger Bui Tuan Lam, among four activists held at the Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport after deplaning on Oct. 5.

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