Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Protests in Viet Nam over land and corruption

Hundreds of protestors in Ho Chi Minh City have gathered to speak out against corruption and unfair compensation for land seized for government infrastructure projects, The Associated Press reported Sunday.

Since June 22, the protestors have camped outside of the National Assembly. “They have set up tents on the pavements, hung up banners and placards demanding fair compensation for their land and denouncing local corruption,” a local police officer said.

Government officials have been dispatched to meet with local provincial leaders in hopes of resolving the disputes, which are becoming more and more common with the rise in industrial park construction.

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