International

Vietnamese dissident recounts

forced deportation to France

PARIS (AP) — A Vietnamese dissident who says he was arrested at his home in southern Ho Chi Minh City and forcibly exiled to France said he is determined to continue his activity as a pro-democracy blogger.

Pham Minh Hoang, a 61-year-old math lecturer, recounted his arrest and deportation in a phone interview Sunday with The Associated Press a few hours after his arrival in France. He said three police officers burst into his house on Friday and grabbed his arms when he refused to follow them while wearing only shorts, an undershirt and slippers.

“Once outside, I was horrified to see that there were not three, but a hundred policemen in uniform and in plainclothes around my house and in the neighboring streets,” said Hoang, who was a dual French-Vietnamese national before he was stripped of his Vietnamese citizenship last month.

After being detained in front of his wife, Hoang said he was driven to a detention center two hours away, where he spent 24 hours and was visited by the Consul General of France. He said Vietnamese authorities forced him on a plane to Paris on Saturday night.

Police commander among

at least 10 killed in Mexican state

XALAPA, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen burst into a restaurant and killed the federal police commander for Veracruz and a second officer in another bloody day for the troubled Mexican state.

The police officers were among at least 10 people slain in Veracruz state on Saturday, including four children from one family, according to local officials.

Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes released a video calling the killers “beasts” and “cowards” and repeated his vow to crack down on organized crime in the Gulf coast state.

“We are going to do everything, whatever it may be,” he said. “Veracruz will not be hostage to these animals.”

The killing of federal police commissioner Camilo Castagne in the city of Cardel came two days after he had appeared with Yunes at an anti-crime event that was prompted by the discovery of dismembered bodies in bags left outside the office of a security official. Yunes said in the video that two police officers died with Castagne but later clarified that one officer had died and the other was injured.

Also in Veracruz, gunmen killed an entire family made up of four children and two adults in Coatzacoalcos, and two women were killed in the city of Orizaba.

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