Surprise and disbelief, but little hope that they can help Doan Thi Houng.
They are released at the end of the day after attempting to honor Vietnamese killed in a 1979 border war.
A spate of attacks on religious leaders and environmentalists seems linked to the government.
Authorities have freed Bui Thi Minh Hang after she served a three-year prison sentence for 'causing public disorder.'
Three families making a second attempt to flee to Australia after they were turned back in 2015 are awaiting a decision by Indonesian authorities.
Some members of the three families that have left the country vow to drown themselves at sea if they are returned again.
Human rights groups and individuals seek the release of Tran Thi Nga.
The protests over compensation caused the commune and village chiefs to flee.
Nguyen Van Hoa is known for filming protests against the Formosa steel plant.
In the latest incident, police block a group of priests from attending a church service in the city of Hue.