A rioter climbs the fence of a company in an industrial park in Binh Duong Province on May 14
Police in southern and central Vietnam have arrested more than 1,000 people who took part in riots over the last few days and pledged to take legal action against them.
Binh Duong police announced Thursday that they had arrested 950 people who participated in the industrial park riots on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The police said they had begun investigating the rioters for “causing public disorder,” “misappropriating property,” “property damage,” and “resisting public officers on duty.”
In Dong Nai province, 302 people were arrested for committing arson, looting and inciting riots in industrial parks. As of Thursday afternoon, local police had detained 224 rioters who face charges of “causing public disorder” and “property damage.”
In Ha Tinh Province in central Vietnam, 76 people were arrested following a violent brawl at a Taiwanese steel mill that left a Chinese worker dead and 149 other people injured on Wednesday.
The riot occurred in the afternoon at a steel plant owned by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Group in the Vung Ang Economic Zone. The violence followed a morning of peaceful protests against a Chinese oil rig positioned illegally in Vietnamese territorial waters.
Local police said the suspects face charges of “causing public disorder,” “robbery,” and “property damage.”
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