Vietnam jails activist for anti-government posts on Facebook

HANOI, Vietnam — A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 27 months in prison for Facebook posts that judges say insulted the ruling Communist Party and government.

The Vietnam News Agency reported that Doan Khanh Vinh Quang was convicted by the People's Court in Ninh Kieu District in Can Tho province after a one-day trial Monday.

The conviction comes as communist authorities step up a crackdown on dissent. Quang was third activist to be jailed in a week on similar charges.

Despite sweeping economic reforms over the past 30 years that opened up Vietnam to foreign investment and trade, the Communist Party tolerates no challenge to its one-party rule.

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