Police in the north-central province of Ha Tinh arrested four more workers on Wednesday for allegedly looting a Taiwanese construction site during a deadly anti-China riot last month.
Ho Minh Hai, Ho Minh Chien, Nguyen Dinh Phuong, and Duong Quoc Lam allegedly stole property at the construction site of a steel mill owned by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Group during a riot that left two Chinese workers dead and 149 others, both Chinese and Vietnamese, injured on May 14.
All of them were recruited to work at the site and are Ha Tinh natives, police said.
The riot erupted out of protests against China’s illegal deployment of an oil rig in Vietnamese waters.
They began on the afternoon of May 14 when two groups of Chinese and Vietnamese workers got into a scuffle near the future site of the mill's blast furnace.
Security has been tightened at the Vung Ang Economic Zone where a steel mill owned by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Group is being built after an anti-China riot broke out at the site on May 14. Photo: Nguyen Dung
A group of 5,000 Vietnamese and 1,000 Chinese workers flew into a brawl, after a false rumor spread through the crowd that a Vietnamese worker had been beaten to death.
The additional arrests have raised the total number of detainees in the Formosa riot to 103.
Two suspects were convicted and sentenced to 24 and 30 months in jail on June 10 for stealing a variety of items during the brawl. Both of them, Le Trong Tu and Lo Minh Trong, are from the neighboring province of Nghe An.