Tue, 16 Oct 2018
Phnom Penh

HANOI - A court in central Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 14 years in jail for livestreaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant's spill of toxins into the ocean.

The activist Hoang Duc Binh was convicted Tuesday of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state, organization and people and opposing officers on duty. Fellow activist Nguyen Nam Phong was given 2 years in jail for opposing officers on duty.

During last February's livestream, Binh commented that the fishermen were stopped and beaten by authorities.

The chemical spill at the plant built by Taiwan's Formosa Plastic Group devastated fisheries and tourism.

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