The News Lens
By: Rosemary Chen
Vietnamese authorities are cracking down on protest leaders and officials one year
after a toxic spill in central Vietnam devastated the fishing and tourism industry.
A Vietnamese activist was arrested on May 15 for protesting an environmental disaster in central Vietnam caused by a Taiwanese company in 2016.
Hoang Duc Binh, 34, organized protests in April 2016 following the release of toxic waste by Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation in the Vung Ang Economic Zone, which lead to massive numbers of dead fish found along the coast of central Vietnam, including the provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Hue.
He was arrested in the central province of Nghe An, accused of having abused democracy rights to infringe state interests, reports Reuters. [FULL STORY]