Report: Vietnam Arrests Political Dissident

Published February 21, 2012 8:00AM (EST)

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese state media say police have arrested a high school teacher who called for a multiparty political system.

The Laborer newspaper said Tuesday that Dinh Dang Dinh, a 49-year-old teacher in the Central Highland province of Dak Nong, was arrested last week and accused of spreading anti-government propaganda.

It said police found 19 anti-government documents on his laptop.

Police declined to comment.

Earlier this month, police in central Phu Yen province arrested 15 members of what state media called a "reactionary political organization" that was attempting to overthrow the government.

Vietnam's Communist government does not tolerate dissent. Challenges to its one-party rule can result in long prison sentences.

By Salon Staff

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