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Ha Tinh sentences rioters to prison

Update: November, 13/2014 - 09:40
The People's Court of central Ha Tinh Province yesterday sentenced 11 people to prison for between 15 to 39 months and three others to suspension for causing public disorder during a riot that broke out at the Vung Ang Economic Zone in May. — Photo nld.com.vn

HA TINH (VNS) — The People's Court of central Ha Tinh Province yesterday sentenced 11 people to prison for between 15 to 39 months and three others to suspension for causing public disorder during a riot that broke out at the Vung Ang Economic Zone in May.

According to the indictment, on May 14, during rallies protesting China's illegal placement of its Haiyang Shiyou-981 drilling rig in Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, Bui Ngoc Cuong, Nguyen Thi Hang, Nguyen Dinh Thuan incited others to engage in illegal protests around the area of Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Limited Company (FHS) and several factories and companies in the economic zone.

Cuong was sentenced to 30 months in prison, Hang 24 months and Thuan 15 months.

At the construction sites of MCC19 and MCC5 companies, also located in Vung Ang Economic Zone, where Chinese workers were working, defendant Nguyen Van Thang was identified as the leader of the riot and was sentenced to 39 months in prison.

Despite being warned by authorities, they apparently did not stop and incited others to cause public disturbance and actions against authorities and police.

The court was told many of the defendants used stones and sticks to attack Chinese workers, causing public disturbance and halting production.

The riot caused the death of three Chinese workers and caused serious damaged to FHS and other companies. — VNS

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