Group: Vietnam detains US activists

A U.S.-based pro-democracy group says two Vietnamese-Americans have been detained in Vietnam and another released after participating in a protest in Ho Chi Minh City.

Viet Tan, otherwise known as the Vietnam Reform Party, said in a statement Tuesday that two of its members, Jennifer Truong, 44, of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Nguyen Quang Khanh, 57, of Centennial, Colo., remain in custody following the March 14 demonstration over corruption and property rights.

Nguyen Ly Trong, 60, of San Bernardino, Calif., was released and returned home after being held for a week.

Police declined to comment.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the Vietnamese government had confirmed the detentions of two U.S. citizens, and the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City was seeking additional information and has requested consular access.

Communist Vietnam does not tolerate any threat to its one-party rule.