While competent agencies are actively working to figure out the cause of the mass fish deaths in central Vietnam, many anti-government groups have taken advantage of the phenomenon to incite violent protests, national broadcaster Vietnam Television said in a report on Sunday.
The spate of fish deaths is a painful incident for Vietnamese fishermen, and while society and the business community are lending their hands to help those affected people overcome their hardship, the disaster is wrongfully used as the motive for anti-government plots by several local and overseas organizations, according to the report.
VTV said those anti-government organizations have repeated their old trick of creating new pages on Facebook to attract public attention and lure participants to their conspiracies.
Some of those pages are ‘Cuu lay bien’ (Save the Sea) created by the so-called ‘Hoi anh em dan chu’ (Society of Democratic Brothers); ‘Cuu bien – Cuu dan’ (Save the Sea – Save the People) by VOICE; and ‘Ha Tinh – Hanoi – Saigon’ by Hoang Van Dung and the self-proclaimed ‘Con duong Viet Nam’ (Vietnam Path) movement.
These organizations are funded by overseas anti-government organizations, such as ‘Viet Tan’ (Vietnam Reform) and National Endowment for Democracy, to implement their plots in Vietnam.
The people and organizations behind these pages would spread inaccurate information to seed fear in members of the public and take advantage of the grief of fishermen affected by the fish kill to incite violence, according to the VTV report.
These pages also post biased comments to accuse the government of “covering up information” on the cause of the fish deaths to drive people to vent their anger at the government, while the phenomenon has been an inexplicable incident so far.
Although the government has tasked relevant agencies with inspecting the mass fish deaths, the anti-government forces have accused the state of ignoring the affected fishermen.
Some individuals and organizations working in disguise in Vietnam have also released statements, petitions and open letters to mislead the public, attract followers and incite people to assemble and protest in what they call “the fish revolution.”
According to VTV, those hostile forces would repeatedly call for demonstrations and marches online and constantly update information about the time and place of the protests. They provide headbands, banners and signs for the protesters, as well as sharing guidelines on how to organize a rally and deal with authorities.
They also call on protesters to use knives and petrol bombs, which VTV said “clearly shows their plots to attack authorities and overthrow the regime.”
VTV quoted a security agency’s report as saying that the anti-government forces in Vietnam usually connect with those overseas, and discuss their plots via closed groups on social networking sites. They are divided into small groups, whose leaders are frequent participants in the protests that have caused public disorder in Vietnam in recent times.
Once stopped by authorities, the members of the “Con duong Viet Nam” group would make up a situation as if they were being attacked. The falsified situation will be filmed and captured, with the photos and videos later uploaded online to denounce the government.
According to VTV, Viet Tan has asked some of its Vietnam-based members, such as Truong Minh Tam, to cooperate with those returning from other countries to incite local people to stage violent protests.