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22 activists imprisoned in Vietnam

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Cosmic--Chaos Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
22 activists have been given sentences ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment after a week-long trial: [link]

The defendants were convicted of trying to overthrow the government — a charge which rights groups say is routinely laid against peaceful activists.

The group’s 65-year-old “ringleader” Phan Van Thu received a life sentence, while the other 21 defendants were given between 10 and 17 years followed by up to five years’ house arrest.

Their court appointed lawyer Nguyen Huong Que said that “Most of the defendants admitted their crime of aiming to overthrow the people’s administration. The sentences are adequate for their crimes."


The article also mentioned that Vietnamese authorities arrested 13 activists (unrelated to this group) last month.

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:iconkimsy2358:
The communists are screw-ups and fascists, what’s new.
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:iconrakunow:
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Like someone else also posted, it is not a communist regime, far from it. It is a fascist regime - just like in North Korea, USSR and some other countries. And even in the US - however in the US, the fact is (or was) hidden from the people for a long time. When people rebel, at last you see what a country really is. We don't have to look at North Korea to see "OMG DICTATORSHIP".

Simply look at who owns the place.

Is it the people? Good. (Iceland)

Is it a handful of people? Not good. (USA, North Korea, Vietnam)
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Cosmic--Chaos Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Correct- authoritarian regimes hates it when people think for themselves.
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:iconrakunow:
Indeed. Unfortunately, some revolutions get kidnapped by authoritarian parties.
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Cosmic--Chaos Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately, that seems to be commonplace as history and current events show us.
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:iconrakunow:
Yub yub. It is so unfortunately. But, it's getting better, slowly. We just need to keep faith into the information technology.
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Cosmic--Chaos Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, the tools of communication are only improving.
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:iconrakunow:
Indeed, which can also improve relations among people.
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EquidnaRojo Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Power corrupts. That's what it boils down to. It's my hope that Vietnam can get the revolution it needs. Granted, I know nothing about how the whole situation went down.

I read somewhere that people who are less ignorant, more knowledgeable about what goes on, tend to be the most depressed. Ignorance is bliss, as they say. In theory, it would serve a country well if all it took were ignorance to keep the populace happy, however the ignorant are the most dangerous, most likely to violently lash out. It would pay off in the long run for countries to educate the masses and change their ways where possible. Or be honest if they can't live up to their promises.

This is just my idealized view. I know it's a lot more complicated than that. Few people actually want to be saddled with such knowledge, because it would force them to be more responsible. XD; I'm sorry. I'm rambling...
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Cosmic--Chaos Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes it does, and it seems that the regimes with ALL of the power (authoritarian or totalitarian states) are among the most corrupt.

I read somewhere that people who are less ignorant, more knowledgeable about what goes on, tend to be the most depressed.

Holy shit, that's me! :O Then again, a chemical imbalance plays a major part, too.

Anyway, ignorance should never be described as bliss. It is simply ignorance, something negative and harmful to individual and society alike.

It would pay off in the long run for countries to educate the masses and change their ways where possible. Or be honest if they can't live up to their promises.

It truly would; you're definitely not alone in thinking this way. And I assure you that you aren't rambling, this was a great post. :thumbsup:
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