|Locals gather to protest at the front yard of the Lộc Hà People’s Committee’s office in central Hà Tĩnh Province on April 3. — Photo vietnamnet.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ TĨNH — Hà Tĩnh Province police decided yesterday to investigate a criminal case of “public order disruption” and “unlawful seizure” that took place on April 3 in the province’s Lộc Hà District.
Decision No. 18 was signed by Colonel Trần Hải Trung, deputy director of the province’s investigative police department and sent to the provincial People’s Procuracy.
It was based on Article 123 and 245 of the Criminal Code, as well as Article 34, 100 and 104 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
At around 8.40am on April 3, some 2,000 locals carrying slogan-printed banners and loudspeakers evaded the front yard of the Lộc Hà People’s Committee’s office, demanding compensation for the environmental catastrophe of mass fish deaths caused by the Hưng Nghiệp Formosa Steel Corporation and accusing the police of hitting citizens with rocks, the Công an Nhân dân (People’s Police) online newspaper reported.
At 10.30am, some leaders of the protestants hit and seized police officer Nguyễn Bảo Trung and encircled to prevent others from taking him to the hospital.
The protest was dismissed at 2pm of the same day following communications with local authorities.
Most of the protestants are parishioners of the Trung Nghĩa parish in Thạch Bằng Ward and Kim Đôi parish in Thạch Kim Ward, the newspaper reported. — VNS