HANOI: The Singapore investor behind an upcoming industrial park in northern Vietnam has confirmed a land protest at the site last week, but said protesters’ claims date back to the previous investor of the industrial zone.
A video of the protest on Friday (Jul 10), showing a woman run over and pinned under the tracks of an excavator, went viral over the weekend. She was one of about 100 former residents who had gathered to demand more compensation for the land – currently a construction site – in Hai Duong province some 60 km east of Hanoi.
The woman survived and is recovering in a Hanoi hospital.
The excavator operator was also hurt by protestors who threw objects at him, Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) Hai Duong Co. said. In a statement, VSIP Hai Duong Co. said protesters’ claims relate to a compensation settlement with the site’s former investor, Phuc Hung, before it sold the site to VSIP this year.
VSIP Hai Duong is a joint venture of Singapore firm Sembcorp Development and the Vietnamese Becamex IDC.
Local authorities are reviewing protesters’ claims even though payouts had taken place “in accordance with the law”, said the VSIP statement.