Hundreds gather at Ky Anh court to file claims, with hundreds more expected to arrive next day.
The judge conducts an 'undemocratic' hearing, refusing to hear all sides, defense lawyers say.
Can Thi Theu’s 20-month term coincides with a construction boom and new scrutiny on human rights.
They have destroyed the structure and moved all statues and other belongings to a new location, the abbot says.
The place of worship sits in an area that is planned for a lucrative development project.
No one appears to have been injured or detained, a villager says.
Thousands take to the streets in the central coastal region because residents still have no jobs and children cannot return to school.