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Large groups of parishioners blocked while attempting to reach court over Formosa case

Police stop Catholics filing anti-pollution lawsuits in Vietnam

Vietnamese police in Nghe An province on Oct. 18 stop Catholics en route to filing additional lawsuits against Formosa Plastics Group. (Photo courtesy of GNsP) reporter, Phnom Penh

October 19, 2016

Hundreds of Vietnamese Catholics in Nghe An province were blocked on Oct. 18 from filing more lawsuits against a Taiwanese industrial plant that polluted the country’s coastline.

A group of about 1,000 parishioners planned to march to Ky Anh Court, according to a statement from Father Anthony Nam Dang Huu Nam, pastor of Tan Yen parish and noted human rights and democracy advocate.

Many in the group planned to travel more than 200 kilometers to file new lawsuits after a number of previously filed suits were rejected.

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