400 angry citizens blocked the office of a construction project in Da Nang City yesterday after the man who protested against the project’s polluting activities was stabbed.
The angry crowd break up a lot of glass windows of the Quan Nam – Thuy Tu Urban Area project office Photo: Tuoi Tre
The crowd believed the project’s investor had hired people to stab the man.
The angry crowd defied security guards and broke the glass windows and computers of the office, which is located in Hoa Hiep Bac Commune in Lien Chieu District.
At 9 pm on Monday, Nguyen Tuan was beaten and stabbed at his home in Hoa Lien Commune, Hoa Vang District, by a group of unknown men who came in two cars. He suffered many wounds, including one on the head and another on the back.
The assault triggered anger among local residents, who thought Tuan was revenged for his participation in blocking dumper trucks that carried construction materials to a local construction site, which dispersed dust clouds over many residential areas.
Nguyen Tuan suffers many wounds, including one on the head and another on the back (Photo: Tuoi Tre)
The blockage lasted for several days and local residents said they couldn’t stand the dust anymore, according to Truong Tan Manh, Chairman of Hoa Lien Commune’s People’s Committee.
They have set up many barricades on some routes to stop dumper trucks, he said.
The project, which builds the Quan Nam – Thuy Tu Urban Area, is being carried out by Trung Nam Machinery Assembly and Construction Joint Stock Company.
The police of Hoa Vang District have collected testimonies from Tuan and others and are tracking down the unknown group and their cars.
About 400 people flock to the executive office of the Quan Nam – Thuy Tu Urban Area Project in Hoa Hiep Bac Commune, Lien Chieu District yesterday morning (Photo: Tuoi Tre)
Local residents set up obstables to prevent dumper trucks from transporting building materials to a local construction site (Photo: Tuoi Tre)
Some locals told the police that the cars once showed up at the construction site.
At an urgent meeting yesterday afternoon with relevant agencies and the investor, Dang Phu Hanh, Deputy Chairman of the district People’s Committee, said the Da Nang City police have joined the investigation to help identify the culprits.
Nguyen Tam Tien, Trung Nam’s General Director, denied his company had hired people to stab Tuan.