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March 16, 2010 6:50 AM

California Hmong community rallies for men accused of plotting Laos overthrow

More than 3,000 men, women and children of Hmong descent engaged in a spirited but orderly demonstration in front of Sacramento's federal courthouse on Monday to show their support for 12 men accused of plotting an overthrow of the government in communist Laos. Eleven of the defendants are of Hmong heritage. The federal indictment accuses the group of conspiring to mobilize an insurgent force with the aim of transforming Laos into an American-style democracy. The prosecution contends that the men were planning to arm Hmong people in Laos for a revolt against the country's communist rulers.

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