July 26

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Vietnam War

Jul 26, 1968:

South Vietnamese opposition leader tried and sentenced

Truong Dinh Dzu, a candidate who ran on a peace platform in the September 1967 presidential elections in South Vietnam, is sentenced to five years of hard labor for urging the formation of a coalition government as a step toward ending the war. This was the first time that a major political figure was tried and convicted under a 1965 decree that ordered the prosecution of persons "who interfere with the government's struggle against communism."

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