Vietnamese face charges for protesting beach-blocking tourist project

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People in Thanh Hoa Province hold cardboards that demand Sam Son beach be returned to the public on March 3. Photo credit: Le Hoang/VnExpress People in Thanh Hoa Province hold cardboards that demand Sam Son beach be returned to the public on March 3. Photo credit: Le Hoang/VnExpress

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Police in Thanh Hoa Province in central Vietnam are seeking to charge a number of locals for causing public chaos as they continue a protest against a beachfront project which is taking over their fishing base.
The police said Saturday that they have opened a case against the protesters who have been demonstrating for more than a week in front of the province’s government and Party offices and several downtown streets.
Thanh Hoa government in October 2015 gave a 3.5 kilometers of beach in its popular tourist town Sam Son to Hanoi-based property investor FLC to develop a beach services area at a total investment of VND315 billion (US$14 million).
The project is expected to start serving this summer, blocking all public entry into the sea.
But the protesters, most of them coming from fishing families, want the province to save them an entrance so they can continue sailing into the sea for fishing to make a living.
No collision has been reported, but a police statement said that the demonstration “has hindered normal operation of the government offices and adversely affected public security,” news website VnExpress said.

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