Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths
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Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths

Vietnam arrested another activist on Monday for organizing protests over mass fish deaths caused by pollution from a steel plant, the same day a lawmaker resigned over the environmental scandal. Taiwanese steel firm Formosa was blamed for pollution last year which killed hundreds of thousands of fish, including rare species, and decimated livelihoods in coastal fishing communities in central Vietnam. Anger still seethes in coastal communities and regular protests have continued since the fish kill in April last year. Vietnam – an authoritarian one-party communist state – has cracked down on the protests and arrested its leaders.


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