A group of protesters sat on the bank of a big lake in Hanoi before police shepherded them on to a waiting bus, Reuters witnesses said.
Channel News Asia
Date: 08 May 2016
By: – Reuters/sk
HANOI: Vietnamese police broke up a demonstration in the capital, Hanoi, on Sunday (May 8) when
protesters gathered for the second time in a week to denounce a Taiwanese firm they accuse of causing mass fish deaths in central coastal provinces.
Hundreds took to the street in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s second-largest city, last week to vent their anger at a unit of Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics, even though an official investigation found no links between the fish deaths and Formosa’s US$10.6 billion coastal steel plant.
A group of protesters sat on the bank of a big lake in Hanoi before police shepherded them on to a waiting bus, Reuters witnesses said. Demonstrators were also put on buses at a square in front of the nearby Hanoi Opera House.
Formosa denies any wrongdoing.
Demonstrations are rare in Vietnam and are often quickly suppressed by uniformed and plain-clothes police. State-controlled media has not reported any of the demonstrations. [FULL STORY]