Freed Vietnam Dissident to Wage Democracy Fight

Friday, 24 Jun 2011 08:37 PM

 

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SAN FRANCISCO — An activist for democracy who was released from prison and deported to the United States is vowing to continue her campaign for human rights in Vietnam.

Tran Khai Thanh Thuy arrived in San Francisco with her teenage daughter on Thursday, a day after Vietnam released the dissident writer on humanitarian grounds after she spent more than a year in prison.

Thuy is among a small circle of dissidents in Vietnam who have promoted a multiparty system, which is not tolerated by the Communist government.

Last year, Thuy was convicted of assaulting two people in a traffic dispute outside her Hanoi home and sentenced to 3½ years in prison.

In an interview Friday, she accused the authorities of fabricating the charges to punish her for her political activities.

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