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Vietnam Imprisons Dissident

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The Vietnamese government has arrested Nguyen Dan Que after he posted a call on the internet for a revolution against the communist regime according to a report from the Washington Post.

Que, a doctor, has been jailed three times for over 20 years since 1978. The 69-year-old pro-democracy activist heads the Non-Violent Movement for Human Rights in Vietnam.

His arrest came after an opinion piece he wrote appeared in the Washington Post on 26 February, in which he criticized the manhandling of a U.S. diplomat by Vietnamese authorities. The American diplomat was trying to visit Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest in Hue.

A Vietnamese police official claimed, "Que's act is very dangerous, directly violating the stability and strength of the people's government."

Que was released on bail, according to a report from VOANews.com.