Activists Arrested Over Fish Protests in Vietnam

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Two former political prisoners have been arrested by the authorities and accused of stirring up public anger over the mass fish deaths in central Vietnam.

State television reported that Truong Minh Tam and Chu Manh Son had gone to Ha Tinh, one of the worst affected provinces to “interview local people, produce TV reports and post them on anti-state web sites”.

Police are reported to have presented Tam with a receipt confirming that he drew a monthly salary from the Vietnam Path Movement, an unregistered civil society organisation that campaigns for human rights.

They and other activists say they were monitored closely by the security services from the moment they arrived in the four central provinces affected by the environmental disaster.

Some police officers confronted demonstrators and attempted to snatch their banners. Photo courtesy of Tin Mung Cho Nguoi Ngheo.

Activists from another independent group, VOICE Vietnam, who have been trying to arrange relief supplies for local people, say they are being besieged by police at a church in Ha Tinh and fear arrest if they go outside

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