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A dissident musician dubbed the 'Lady Gaga' of Vietnam was locked in her home by plainclothes police Saturday after she flashed a sign reading "Piss on you Trump" as the US president arrived in town for a state visit.
Mai Khoi, who met with former president Barack Obama on his trip to Vietnam last year to talk about the country's dismal rights record, has long called for the communist government to ease its heavy restrictions on expression and political participation in her music.
The one-party state routinely jails its critics and is accused of waging a crackdown on dissidents in the months leading up to Trump's visit to Vietnam, which included an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting in Danang and a stopover in Hanoi.
I gotta admit it makes me glad we have the 1st amendment.
If we allowed people to protest the leader of Germany, knowing in advance it was going to happen, it would not be a good step in the relationship our countries have together.
originally posted by: starwarsisreal
a reply to: rickymouse
But the lady didn't commit acts of violence. All she did was make a sign and she didn't even threaten the safety of Vietnam or the Communist Party. Going under house arrest is going too far.