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Vietnam deports 3 US activists who joined protest

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The Associated Press
Thursday, March 24, 2011; 6:18 AM

HANOI, Vietnam -- An official says Vietnam will deport the last of three Vietnamese-American activists who participated in a protest in Ho Chi Minh City.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said Thursday the three were held for inciting others to disturb public order and security. They were detained after the March 14 protest over corruption and property rights.

Nguyen Ly Trong of San Bernardino, California, and Nguyen Quang Khanh of Centennial, Colorado, have already been deported. Nga says Jennifer Truong of Fountain Valley, California, will be deported Thursday.

All are members of Viet Tan, a U.S.-based group also known as the Vietnam Reform Party which is banned in Vietnam.

Communist Vietnam does not tolerate any threat to its one-party rule.

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