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US 'deeply concerned' at self-immolation
Shockwaves after Christian activist's mother kills herselfLieng, third from left, was protesting over her daughter's continued detention
- Asia Desk, Bangkok
- August 1, 2012
An embassy statement said the US was âsaddenedâ to hear of Dang Thi Kim Liengâs death on Monday after she set herself alight in the southern city of Bac Lieu. The trial of her daughter Ta Phong Tan, along with two other bloggers, is scheduled for August 7 in Ho Chi Minh City.
âWe call upon the government of Vietnam to release all three immediately,â the statement said. It also called on Hanoi to create a society where journalists could operate freely and without fear.
Tan, Dieu Cay and Anh Ba Sai Gon, the founding members of the âFree Journalists Clubâ, have been charged under Article 88, âwhich applies vaguely worded provisions to stifle free and open debate,â the statement added.
Authorities arrested the trio in September and charged them with anti-government activities ahead of a trial that had been scheduled for May and was later postponed.
Liengâs funeral is due to take place tomorrow.
Christian activist's mother sets herself ablaze