Police broke up a protest in Vietnam's capital today and dragged away about 20 people as anger grows over a proposal to grant companies lengthy land leases.
The draft law at the centre of the furore would allow 99-year concessions in planned special economic zones, which some view as sweetheart deals for foreign and specifically Chinese firms.
An AFP correspondent saw plainclothes police drag around 20 people away and move them to nearby buses. Authorities could not be reached for comment.
The protest went ahead despite a concession by the communist government, which said yesterday that it would ask parliament to delay approving the law until the end of the year.
Today's demonstration followed the arrest of two people the previous day in the southern province of Binh Duong for spreading leaflets calling for protests against the legislation, state media reported.
Public shows of dissent are rare in the one-party state, where a conservative leadership in place since 2016 has taken a more aggressive stance against activists.
A Vietnamese environmental activist was jailed for 14 years in February over protests against a toxic waste dump that killed tonnes of fish in 2016, an incident that sparked nationwide demonstrations.
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