In April 2014, local farmers protested against land grabbing and evictions in the Ha Dong district of Hanoi. The police attacked protesters with sticks and batons.
Ms. Can Thi Theu and her husband documented the situation. While doing so, she was beaten by the police and arrested for 'resisting on-duty state officials'.
After 15 months of imprisonment, Ms. Can Thi Theu was released from prison in July 2015.
Farmers land continued to be grabbed by the national government. In January 2016, around 100 people joined in a peaceful protest in Hanoi, against attempts by the local government to evict dozens of family farms.
The police surrounded the demonstrators and arresteded some of them, including Ms. Can Thi Theu.
Protesters were taken to a police station and later released.
In April 2016, Ms. Can Thi Theu participated in a peaceful demonstration commemorating the 10th anniversary of a pro-democracy group demanding the release of detained human rights lawyer Mr. Nguyen Van Dai.
Police officers entered and searched Ms. Can Thi Theu´s home, confiscating her mobile phone and arresting her for 'causing public disorder'.
1. United Nations Photo; scene from Hnaoi, Viet Nam; May 23, 2015; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 2. United Nations Photo; food and agriculture, Viet Nam; June 25, 2011; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 3. United Nations Photo; Electrical transmission towers in Viet Nam; June 23, 2011; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 4. Tyler Ingram; Harvesting rice; October 14, 2012; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 5. Sida Swedish Int. Development; vietnam_mission_cyclist; May 26, 2005; (CC BY-NC 2.0). 6. Taken from Reuters.com