Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, April 25, 2008

U.S. citizen expelled from Viet Nam for torch protest plans

Viet Nam has expelled a U.S. national of Vietnamese origin whom it suspects of attempting to sabotage the Olympic torch relay in Ho Chi Minh City, Reuters reported Friday.

Voice of Vietnam radio said authorities believed the man wanted “to try to snatch the torch” during the relay on April 29. When checking his luggage, security and customs officers found “some T-shirts with prints and images and letters, all with content of distorting the Olympic torch relay and inciting sabotage,” the report said.

The expelled man, Vuong Hoang Minh, is a registered member of the People’s Democratic Party, one of several outlawed pro-democracy groups.

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