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By Michael P. Orsi
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Topic - Quoc Quan
President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam visits the White House on Thursday, and this is a providential occasion for President Obama to speak up for religious liberty.
Once again there is a communist show trial going on in Vietnam. The distinguished lawyer, Le Quoc Quan, who has American ties, was arrested in December after he wrote a column for the BBC's website in which he argued for a new constitution without a guarantee of a Communist Party monopoly.
Vietnamese authorities on Wednesday released and deported an American pro-democracy activist detained since April, a move that contrasts with the long prison terms given to Vietnamese activists who are members of the same U.S.-based dissident group.
The 7-iron resting against the wall in Le Quoc Quan's office is for self-defense, not sport. The human-rights lawyer and blogger has not left home without the golf club since being beaten last month by iron-bar-wielding men he suspects were sent by the police.
For the first time since the government of South Vietnam fell, a Vietnamese president visited the White House. Invited by President Bush during his trip to Saigon last November, President Nguyen Minh Triet touted the recent economic progress his country has made, and pushed for further cooperation between our two countries.
From combined dispatches
The distinguished lawyer, Le Quoc Quan, who has American ties, was arrested in December after he wrote a column for the BBC's website in which he argued for a new constitution without a guarantee of a Communist Party monopoly.
"There will be more arrests, more protests, but that is OK," Quan said. "It will bring change."