Vietnam: Armed Police Attack and Arrest Residents Blocking Entry to Waste PlantEvent
- Viet Nam
- Initial Date
- Mar 13, 2020
- Event Description
Armed police in south-central Vietnam’s coastal Quang Ngai province attacked a crowd of people blocking garbage trucks from entering a long-disputed waste-processing plant over the weekend, arresting some 20 participants, a local source said Monday.
Citizen video emerged on Facebook over the weekend that claimed to show hundreds of officers armed with shields, batons, and police dogs on March 13 descending on the roadblock outside the plant in La Van village, in Duc Co district’s Pho Thanh commune, which had been in place since 2018.
The footage appeared to show several officers singling out protesters and beating them before taking them away for detention.
On Monday, local residents confirmed the incident in interviews with RFA’s Vietnamese Service.
“On March 8, police forces came to La Van village,” one source said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal by local authorities.
“We told them the landfill was under dispute, meaning no garbage trucks were supposed to enter, but the trucks had still come in droves. In the past, we [villagers] were just observing without taking action, but things took a different turn on March 13.”
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Other (e.g. undefined, organisation, community)
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Restrictions on Movement
- Violence (physical)
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Right to liberty and security
- Right to Protest
- Community-based HRD
- Environmental rights defender
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 13 March 2020, a group of community-based and environmental HRDs was beaten and arrested by the police while holding a protest against a landfill site in Quang Ngai Province, Viet Nam.