Residents complain that Lao authorities are too soft on crimes committed by Chinese.
Overtime will not be paid because of shortfalls in tax revenue amid business shutdowns due to coronavirus fears, officials say.
Some Lao residents welcome the move, with others saying they will 'wait and see' if anything changes.
Many Lao citizens see the dominant use of Chinese as a sign of China's growing economic influence in their country.
But jobs are scarce at home, too, and many would like to go back to Thailand once they are allowed to return.
Residents cautiously welcome news that some prices may be lowered, but wonder if the government will keep its word.
Statues would commemorate the 70th anniversary of ties between Vientiane and Moscow.
Many have less money to spend because of rising levels of unemployment due to business shutdowns amid coronavirus fears.
The young man named Poy has been denied family visits by authorities and is not being properly fed, sources say.
The plant will threaten local forests and farmland, villagers and environmental experts say, urging a careful study of likely impacts.
The woman and another villager, who is still being held, had been shown arguing with police in a video published on Facebook.
The dam's operations will affect water flows on the Mekong, negatively impacting communities in both countries, the groups say.
Villagers can earn money on the farms, but must leave after two or three years due to poor health.
Authorities say compensation plan aims for 2023 return to normalcy.
They were caught in Laos when the border closed amid coronavirus fears, and had been held for two months in quarantine before being released.
Authorities say air conditioning uses more power in the warmer months, resulting in higher bills, however.
Residents of Bokeo province's Nam Fa village bathe in their river when water levels fall, but emerge with rashes and swelling.
Three Chinese and two Lao men are killed, and another man seriously hurt, when they are trapped by rocks brought down by the explosion.