Defiant Vietnamese farmers sentenced to 5 years
FILE - In this April 2, 2013 file photo, Doan Van Vuon, second from left and his brother Doan Van Sinh, fourth from left, stand trial at the court in the northern city of Haiphong, Vietnam. Vuon was sentenced Friday, April 5, 2013, to five years in jail for attempted murder and his three other relatives got from two to five years behind bars in a case last year where they used homemade shotguns and landmines to injure seven police and soldiers who came to evict his fish farm. (AP Photo/Vietnam News Agency, Bui Doan Tan, File)
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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