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Arrests at self-immolating woman's memorial
Family, friends and a priest taken for questioning
- Asia Desk, Bangkok
- September 17, 2012
Two plainclothes security officials bundled another of Liengâ€™s daughters, Ta Khoi Phung, and five friends into a car following the ceremony to mark 49 days since her death at her familyâ€™s home in the southern city of Bac Lieu, said Phung.
They were then taken to a police station where officers questioned them separately for four hours about a road accident and accused them of taking pictures of a government building before their release at 7pm yesterday evening.
â€śThey arrested us as if we were criminals,â€ť said Phung.
Police also briefly confiscated her cell phone, she added.
Among those questioned were Redemptorist Father Anthony Le Ngoc Thanh and Duong Thi Tan, a former blogger who was previously detained.
Liengâ€™s daughter Marie Ta Phong Tan is due to go on trial on September 24 for offences including threatening state security.
â€śOur family members will attend the trial,â€ť said Phung.
Their brother Ta Minh Tu said all members of his family are seen as â€śreactionariesâ€ť and have been â€śisolatedâ€ť since his motherâ€™s self-immolation on July 30.
Neighbors do not dareÂ to have any contact with them over fears that they too willÂ be persecuted by state officials, he added.
Tu accused Major-General Do Viet Thang, director of Bac Lieuâ€™s Public Security Department, of leading a harassment campaign against his family.
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