HANOI Thou­sands protest against steel plant over fish deaths

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THOU­SANDS of Viet­namese protesters sur­rounded a Tai­wanese steel plant yes­ter­day, some scal­ing walls and hold­ing signs de­mand­ing its clo­sure as anger flares against the firm for dump­ing toxic waste into the ocean, killing tonnes of fish.

Huge crowds on mo­tor­bike and foot gath­ered at the For­mosa plant in cen­tral Ha Tinh prov­ince, with some hold­ing signs say­ing, “Author­i­ties, please close For­mosa plant for the fu­ture of the na­tion”.

Dead fish and other ma­rine life be­gan wash­ing ashore in cen­tral Viet­nam in April, the coun­try’s worst eco­log­i­cal dis­as­ter in decades that dev­as­tated liveli­hoods in coastal towns where fish­ing is the main in­come.

Tai­wan’s For­mosa, which is build­ing a multi-bil­lion-dol­lar steel plant in the area, was blamed for the dis­as­ter and fined US$500 mil­lion.

The gov­ern­ment said it would start pay­ing af­fected fish­er­men in Oc­to­ber de­pend­ing on losses cal­cu­lated be­tween April and Septem­ber.

But the fish­er­men claim the amount is in­suf­fi­cient and want ad­di­tional com­pen­sa­tion. –

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