Vietnam school suspends student over Facebook post

Vietnam school suspends student over Facebook post

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Picture taken in March 1951 of Ho Chi Minh (alias Nguy�n Ai Qu�c, 1890-1969), the founder of the Indochina communist party (in 1930) and Vietnamese President (1946), working in a grotto in Cao Bang province during the Indochina war, as he led the resistance against french troops. (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 10:39 AM

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — School authorities in Vietnam have suspended an eighth-grade student for one year after she posted a parody of a speech by revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh on Facebook.

State-controlled media said Tuesday that the girl's post used language from a famous speech by Ho Chi Minh in 1946 appealing for resistance against French colonialists.

The post joked about never having to take exams again.

Phap Luat Viet Nam quoted a local official in Quang Nam province as saying the girl had "distorted history and seriously insulted teachers."

The girl said the posting was "just for fun."

Ho Chi Minh is revered in Vietnam for leading the country to independence from French rule.

The current Communist government doesn't allow freedom of speech.

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