2nd blogger in a week detained in crackdown in Vietnam

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Vietnamese police have detained a second blogger in a week in the latest crackdown on dissent.

Blogger and writer Nguyen Quang Lap was taken into custody and his house searched in the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.

The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its website police are investigating Lap's law violations, but didn't elaborate.

The Labor newspaper quoted Lap's wife Ho Thi Hong as saying the family was informed by security police that he was detained for posting articles that oppose the ruling Communist Party.

Lap often reposts other bloggers' political and social writings critical of the Communist government.

Last week, police in Ho Chi Minh City detained blogger Hong Le Tho for alleged anti-government postings.