American detained in Vietnam after joining protests

American detained in Vietnam after joining protests
American detained in Vietnam after joining protests

An American citizen of Vietnamese descent has been detained in Vietnam after joining a protest over a controversial draft law on special economic zones that protesters fear would favor Chinese investors.

Family and friends say in a statement that Will Nguyen was beaten and dragged into a police truck following Sunday's protest. The statement issued Thursday says Nguyen was taken to a police station, but his current health condition and whereabouts are unknown.

Vietnam's Foreign Ministry said Nguyen was being held for disturbing public order.

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said in a statement that it was aware of media reports that a U.S. citizen had been detained and said it would offer assistance. It decline further comment, citing "privacy concerns."

This article was written by cool news network.

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