Police in Dong Nai Province in southern Vietnam on Friday urged prosecutors to impose criminal charges on 20 people for provoking protests that heavily disturbed traffic last month. The police said they have wrapped up investigation, and that the 20 suspects should be prosecuted for "causing public disorder," a crime punishable by up to seven years in prison in Vietnam. According to investigators, the suspects took advantage of controversies surrounding Vietnam’s proposed draft law on special economic zones (SEZs) to incite hundreds of people to protest on June 10. Protesters reportedly stormed major streets in the province's capital town Bien Hoa, one hour northeast of Saigon, and resisted local authorities' calls for them to disperse. The protest disrupted public order and resulted in hours-long traffic jams. A police truck blocks a national highway in Dong Nai Province to keep vehicles away from protests in Bien Hoa on June 10. Photo by VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan The 20 facing … [Read more...] about Police seek prosecution of 20 for inciting SEZ law protest in Vietnam
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Police in Binh Thuan Province announced that they have detained 102 people pending investigation into Sunday’s vandalism at the local government office. "There were no casualties. But dozens of police officers were injured," police spokesman Nguyen Van Nhieu said. Hundreds of protestors had stormed the office of the People’s Committee in Binh Thuan on Sunday, burnt vehicles, destroyed other property and clashed with the police, authorities said. The situation was resolved near midnight with help from forces from the Ministry of Public Security, Nhieu said. The vandalizing of the office took place at around 8 p.m., and authorities could only watch helplessly. A police offcer walks past burned motorbikes outside Binh Thuan's People's Committee office on Monday. Photo by VnExpress Earlier that night, authorities used smoke bombs and firefighting hoses to diffuse the protest after local officials could not convince the crowd to disperse, but such tactics also proved … [Read more...] about 102 held for vandalizing gov’t office in SEZ law protest in Vietnam
Hundreds of villagers used Molotov cocktails and bricks to chase away illegal sand miners in the northern province of Thanh Hoa on Sunday. Villagers from Thieu Do Commune turned violent when they saw four vessels docking by the Chu River at 8 p.m., dredging sand from an old mine that was supposed to have been shut down. The crowd became even more furious when they recognized a group of commune officials on one of the vessels, including the commune’s vice chairman. In their rage, they burned down two watchtowers constructed by authorities to prevent illegal sand dredging and destroyed a local ranger's bed and a boat. Angry locals remained in the area until past midnight and returned the following morning to demand answers for the sand mining and why local officials had been on one of the boats. The highway was blocked by the large crowd, who were beating drums in protest, and police were called to the scene to maintain order. Local officials have summoned a meeting, where … [Read more...] about Furious villagers attack sand miners with Molotov cocktails in Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge - While Vietnamese believe that the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), the only electricity retailer, sets high retail prices, international reports point out that the electricity price in Vietnam is lower than in other countries. The retail electricity price has increased by 6.08 percent Southeast Asia Energy Outlook 2017 commented that the price in Vietnam is relatively low compared with other regional countries. The report says the state is still indirectly subsidizing electricity production, so the electricity price doesn’t truly reflect production costs. Vietnam is pursuing a plan to gradually raise retail prices to help power generators, including EVN, cover expenses. The report said the power sector in Vietnam has been doing well with an electricity access rate ranking third in South East Asia and a low proportion of population (2 percent) having no power. Another report on Vietnam’s energy, the World Bank’s Electricity Tariffs, … [Read more...] about Is the electricity price in Vietnam too low or too high?
The statement was made by Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Thiep in an interview with Vietnamese reporters in France. Reporter: The upcoming official visit to France made by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has a great significance in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Vietnam – France diplomatic ties. Could you tell us about the main message that the two countries wish to convey through the visit? Ambassador Nguyen Thiep: The two countries first established the diplomatic ties on April 12, 1973. Over nearly half a century, their friendship and cooperation have developed well in a comprehensive and deep manner in many fields, especially in culture, education and decentralised cooperation. Based on that, in 2013, the two sides decided to establish a strategic partnership. France has become a leading important partner of Vietnam in Europe. Vietnam is also an indispensable strategic partner of France in Asia with its role and contributions to the peace, stability … [Read more...] about New development in Vietnam – France strategic partnership