Hanoi — Vietnam declared a US-based group a "terrorist organisation" on Tuesday, a rare designation in the communist country, after some of its members were convicted for plotting to attack Ho Chi Minh City’s airport. Though Vietnam cracks down heavily on critics, few antigovernment organisations or activists have been jailed for terrorism, which is punishable by death. Scores of dissidents are behind bars in Vietnam, jailed for "antistate propaganda" or attempting to overthrow the government, though terrorism convictions are not common. Most are in jail for speaking out against the government or pushing for peaceful reform. Vietnam’s police-run security ministry labelled the Californian-based Provisional National Government of Vietnam (PNGV) terrorists, just weeks after 15 members were convicted of planting petrol bombs in 2017 at Tan Son Nhat airport. "The PNGV is a terrorist organisation," the ministry of public security said on its website. Anyone found promoting or colluding wi...

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