Vietnam Rounds-Up Activists Who Led Protest Leaders Against Taiwan Toxic Spill

The News Lens
Date: 2017/05/16
By: Rosemary Chen

Vietnamese authorities are cracking down on protest leaders and officials one year

Demonstrators, holding signs to protest against Taiwanese enterprise Formosa Plastic and environmental-friendly messages, say they are demanding cleaner waters in the central regions after mass fish deaths in recent weeks, in Hanoi, Vietnam May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Kham – RTX2CA02

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]

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