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Tourists speak up against backlash from authorities for cleaning beach in swimsuits in central Vietnam

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A group of tourists from Ho Chi Minh City have filed a complaint with relevant agencies following reports by a newspaper that local authorities found the swimsuits they wore while cleaning a local beach in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam to be offensive.

On Wednesday, a local newspaper reported that the Management Board of Nui Chua National Park was coordinating with the People’s Committee of Vinh Hai Commune, Ninh Hai District, Ninh Thuan Province to reprimand a group of tourists for wearing bodysuits while picking up trash on a local beach.

The Management Board of Nui Chua National Park was quoted in the article as saying that the tourists’ behavior was “offensive.”

Netizens were taken aback by the report, with many confused as to why park authorities were upset that people chose to wear swimsuits on a beach.

Ngo Nhu Quynhone of the tourists involved in the incident, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper that the group’s goal was to clean the beach and swimsuits seemed like appropriate beach attire.

A swimsuit-clad tourist poses while collecting garbage on a beach in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Supplied

A swimsuit-clad tourist poses while collecting garbage on a beach in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Supplied

“We did not enter Nui Chua National Park directly, but instead took a speedboat to the islands to swim in [Nui Chua National Park’s] Vinh Hy Bay,” Quynh said. 

“We were at a beach so swimsuits were an obvious choice.

“We thought that cleaning the beach would be a meaningful experience and hoped other tourists at Vinh Hy would join us. 

“We also took photos to help us remember the experience.”

After posting those photos on Facebook, Quynh and her friends received praise from the public, but were surprised when a local newspaper reported that the Management Board of Nui Chua National Park and the People’s Committee of Vinh Hai Commune, where Vinh Hy is located, were upset by their actions.

In fact, Quynh and her friends Tran Quang Vinh and Bui Thi Anh were amazed by the report that they filed a complaint to relevant authorities to seek clarification on the matter. 

A group of friends poses while collecting garbage on a beach in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Supplied

A group of friends pose while collecting garbage on a beach in Ninh Thuan Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Supplied

They have also considered hiring a lawyer in order to explore the possibility of filing a defamation claim.

In response to the incident, Nguyen Thanh My, secretary and chairman of the People’s Committee of Vinh Hai Commune, said on Wednesday night that he had heard of a group of tourists picking up trash in Vinh Hy Bay while wearing “inappropriate attire,” but was not aware of specifics.

“The information wasn’t clear at first so I would look into the incident and, if [the photos] were offensive, I’d ask whoever uploaded them to take them down,” My said.

“During an inspection, I saw that the group had been cleaning up garbage at the beach in order to help protect the local environment. 

“The area where they were was far from residential areas, and there is a lot of waste on the beach and on the mountain.”

Tran Van Tiep, director of the Management Board of Nui Chua National Park, has yet to issue a statement regarding the incident.

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Police probe suspected child abuse case in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh Province

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Police in Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam are investigating a case of suspected child abuse after a video clip spread on social media showed a half-naked man beating a teen girl with nothing on.

In the four-minute clip, the unclothed girl was hung against the ceiling of a house with a string that tied her hands while the man was beating her with a rod.

The video has triggered deep indignation among the online community after it was posted on Friday morning.

The incident took place at a house in Cuong Gian Commune, located in the province’s Nghi Xuan District, as far as Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper had learned.

Hoang Van Ha, chairman of the commune’s administration, confirmed to Tien Phong that the incident occurred in the locality, adding local police have launched an investigation into it.

The girl in the clip is N., 11, and the man beating her is her father, N.V.T., 36, Ha said.

N. is the second child in her family of three siblings and N.’s mother is now a guest worker in Taiwan, according to local authorities.

“The incident happened a few days ago. After the video clip appeared, local authorities and police came to T.’s house for verification but he had left,” Ha said.

T. works as a seaman and often drinks alcohol and beats his children, Ha added.

Local police are continuing to investigate this suspected child abuse case.

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Torrential rain sinks streets, houses in northern Vietnamese province

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Multiple streets and houses in Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam were severely inundated following a heavy downpour on Thursday evening.

The provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention and rescue told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper on Friday that local authorities were dealing with the aftermath of the rain and calculating the total damage it had done.

The downpour that lasted for over an hour started battering Lao Cai City, which is the provincial capital, and several districts in Lao Cai Province at around 8:00 pm on Thursday.

A tree is uprooted during the downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

A tree is uprooted during the downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

Many streets including Tran Phu, Tran Hung Dao, Le Thanh, Nhac Son, An Duong Vuong, and Pho Moi were submerged by rainwater, while numerous cars and motorbikes broke down as well.

Uprooted trees were recorded on Ham Nghi Street and at Goc Mit Market and Thang Binh Park.

Flooding in local neighborhoods occurred quickly, leaving residents little to no time to react.

A resident pushes his motorbike on a flooded street in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

A resident pushes his motorbike on a flooded street in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

Many people reported having their homes, electrical appliances, and motorbikes damaged by the inundation.

Bac Cuong Ward in Lao Cai City suffered the heaviest damage with three neighborhoods sunk by the downpour.

The heavy rain also caused landslides in several areas across the province.

The National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting previously reported that torrential rains would lash northern Vietnam from Thursday until the end of this week.

Houses are submerged by a heavy downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

Houses are submerged by a heavy downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

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Vietnamese province revamps public bus service after limbless man ignored by drivers

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The Department of Transport of the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An has ordered a revamp of local public bus routes after a limbless man spent two hours repeatedly failing to flag down a bus, apparently because drivers were simply ignoring him.

A viral video posted online on Thursday showed Huynh Thanh Duc, 51, a resident of Ha Tinh Province, telling a local in Hoa Thanh Commune, Yen Thanh District, Nghe An Province that he stood at a bus stop waiting for a bus from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Wednesday.

Duc, who is quadruple amputee, was dropped off at the bus stop by his child at around 7:00 am that day to catch bus No. 5 from Yen Thanh to Vinh City, the capital of Nghe An.

Three No. 5 buses passed while Duc and his child waited, but none stopped.

Duc’s child wound up having to leave to attend to an urgent matter, and shortly after a fourth No. 5 bus drove by without stopping for Duc.

A local named D., who filmed the viral video, helped Duc wave a bus down and help him aboard.

The video of the incident draw huge public attention and stirred mixed opinions, mostly criticism.

A video of Huynh Thanh Duc attempting to catch bus No. 5 in Hoa Thanh Commune, Yen Thanh District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam, August 3, 2022. Video: Tien Phong

In their initial response to the incident, the operator of the No. 5 bus route explained that Duc stood a bit too far from the bus stop to be noticed and showed no signs of needing a ride.

However, according to D., it is common for passengers at the stop to wait in the shade of the nearby tree, rather than right at the stop. 

They only run to the bus stop once the bus arrives. 

Unfortunately, Duc was not able to leave the shade for the bus stop due to his disability.

On Thursday afternoon, Nguyen Van Hai, deputy director of the Nghe An Department of Transport, requested that his subordinates revamp service on all public bus routes in the province following the incident.

Nghe An currently has more than 300 buses which run a combined 1,300 trips per day at a frequency of about 15-35 minutes per departure.

Vietnamese law stipulates that priority has to be given to public transport passengers with disabilities, including prioritized seating, free or discounted fares, and assistance with boarding and deboarding.

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