Target: Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Prime Minister of Vietnam
Goal: Investigate attack on peaceful protesters and help those affected by the 2016 Formosa ecological disaster lodge complaints against the company.
In Vietnam, dozens of plainclothes men have attacked a peaceful gathering of 700 people who had gathered to submit complaints relating to a recent ecological disaster. The assailants allegedly targeted people holding cameras. When protesters sat down to pray, the assailants allegedly threw rocks at police. The police responded with tear gas, flash grenades, and later attacked protesters with rods and electric batons. Several men were reportedly abducted by law enforcement, beaten, and released in remote areas to find their way. Several people were hospitalized.
The protest included men, women, and children involved in and dependent on fisheries in five coastal provinces. In 2016, Fish stocks in these provinces were devastated by an ecological disaster which left much of the fish stock dead and undermined the livelihoods of an estimated 270,000 people. A Taiwan-based plastics corporation, Formosa Plastics, later accepted responsibility for the disaster. The protesters hoped to submit 619 legal complaints to the company and claim damages of $20 million. Sign our petition and demand the authorities open an independent and transparent investigation into these attacks and help those affected by the ecological disaster file legal complaints.
Dear Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc,
I was shocked to read of the assault against protesters in Song Ngọc, Nghệ An Province. There have been multiple reports — backed by footage — of plainclothes men assaulting the 700 protesters. Furthermore, there have been allegations of members of law enforcement abducting protesters, beating them, and depositing them in remote areas to return home. These acts require an independent and transparent investigation and the perpetrators of this violence must be brought to justice.
The 700 protesters, including a number of children, are individuals who have been affected by the 2016 ecological disaster that devastated fish stocks, undermining the livelihoods of fishing communities. As you know, Formosa Plastics has accepted responsibility for the disaster. The protesters were attempting to present legal complaints and claim $20 million in damages, as is their right. I urge you do everything in your power to facilitate the submission of these complaints.
[Your Name Here]
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