Defiant Vietnamese farmers sentenced to 5 years

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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:00 am

HAIPHONG, Vietnam (AP) - A court sentenced a family of four Vietnamese fish farmers to between two and five years in prison on Friday after finding them guilty of attempted murder for fighting back against a state eviction squad with homemade guns and land mines.

The men have been lauded on the Internet for defending their land in such spectacular fashion. Land grabs by corrupt officials are the leading source of public anger toward the one-party government in this autocratic Southeast Asian nation.

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