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Officials restrict funeral after self-immolation
Plainclothes police threatened physical violence, say those that tried to attendDang Thi Kim Lieng's coffin is carried to her grave
- Asia Desk, Bangkok
- August 2, 2012
Father Anthony Le Ngoc Thanh, head of the Vietnamese Redemptorist Networks, said officials threatened to arrest all those who attended the ceremony in the southern city of Bac Lieu following Liengâ€™s death on Monday.
â€śWe offered incense in front of Liengâ€™s coffin while security officials videoed and took our photos,â€ť he said.
Blogger Dan Lam Bao reported that 200 officials surrounded the funeral, tried to prevent people from walking to the cemetery and separated visitors from Liengâ€™s family.
Another blogger who visited Liengâ€™s family the day she died, Nguyen Hoang Vi, said she was followed by plainclothes police who threatened to physically attack her.
Eventually, the group she was with were prevented from attending, she added.
Sources said Liengâ€™s imprisoned blogger daughter Ta Phong Tan, who is due to face trial for anti-government activities on August 7, was not permitted to attend and remained in detention following her arrest in September.
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