Vietnam’s trade union movement has called for the government to take action against those involved in a new wave of protests against a controversial anti-corruption law that critics say will make it harder for businesses to compete with overseas competitors.
The Vietnamese trade union Confederation of Trade Unions (TUV) said on Thursday that it had been told that the National Security Commission had launched an investigation into the protests.
The union said the commission had asked it to “immediately investigate and prevent any further demonstrations by members and supporters of the anti-corruption law” at a number of sites in the country’s capital, Ho Chi Minh City.
The commission’s investigation has been launched “with an objective to determine if there is a breach of the law,” TUV said.
It added that the investigation was already underway.
Vietnam has one of the world’s most highly corrupt regimes, with nearly 90 percent of its 1.4 million public workers earning less than 30,000 Vietnamese dollars ($15) a month.
Protesters in Ho Chi Mo City have staged a number the protests, which are against the new law, which they claim will increase corruption.
A spokesman for the National Anti-Corruption Commission said the country was “still trying to determine what has occurred,” adding that the commission would hold a briefing in mid-February.