Blogger's mother dies of self-immolation

2012-07-31 12:00

Hanoi — The mother of a prominent Vietnamese blogger has died after setting herself on fire ahead of her daughter's trial next week.

A police officer in the southern province of Bac Lieu says 64-year-old Dang Thi Kim Lieng died on the way to the hospital after setting herself on fire near the provincial offices on Monday morning.

Lawyer Ha Huy Son says Lieng's daughter Ta Phong Tan and two other bloggers are scheduled to be put on trial next week.

The three belong to the outlawed Free Journalists Club. They are accused of posting and writing hundreds of articles on their blogs that opposed the communist government.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-31 12:38

    RIP Dang Thi Kim Lieng. What a sad day. Is it not the same that the anc want's with the secrecy bill and media freedom bill of SA. Is'nt that what Zim is also doing?

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-07-31 13:39

    Insane... and the ANC enjoy doing business with these cretins. We should impose sanctions on the F'rs.

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