Police in the central region's Da Nang have proposed criminal charges against five employees of a company who attacked a local man for objecting to the company's project.
The employees, including three truck drivers and two officers, had broken into the house of Nguyen Van Tuan and attacked him with knives on August 29, according to police who proposed the charges Thursday.
They have been accused of "deliberately causing injuries."
Tuan and nearly 2,000 people in the area have been demonstrating against the company's Golden Hills residential area project, which has been polluting the area without offering compensation to local residents.
Earlier on Tuesday, general director of the company, which invested in the project, publicly apologized local people for the incident as well as the lack of compensation and environment problems concerning the project, Saigon Giai Phong reported.
Local authorities have asked the company to properly compensate to displaced people and provide further support to poorer families.
It was also asked to speed up the relocation of people living in the area populated by the project construction.
Meanwhile, the head of Da Nang Department of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Dieu will be dismissed if Trung Nam continues to cause pollution without being punished, the city government said.