Vietnamese Activists Given Long Prison Terms After One-Day Trial

Five Vietnamese activists were sentenced Friday in a Ho Chi Minh City court after being found guilty in a one-day trial of involvement in a political group that authorities deemed to have challenged Vietnam’s Communist one-party system.

The five had been charged with “activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration” under Article 79 of Vietnam’s Penal Code.

Authorities said their group, the Vietnam National Self-Determination Coalition, had knowingly worked to damage the image and policies of the country’s ruling Communist Party.

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