HANOI Thousands protest against steel plant over fish deaths
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. –