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PM orders probe into coercive land seizure

Update: January, 18/2012 - 10:06


Two houses belonging to local resident Doan Van Vuon in Tien Lang District were demolished after a coercive land seizure. — Photo courtesy Giao duc Viet Nam
HAI PHONG — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered the chairman of the Hai Phong People's Committee to clarify who was responsible for a coercive land seizure in Vinh Quang Commune, Tien Lang District.

According to the city's report, Tien Lang District's People's Committee on January 5 mobilised more than 100 police to coercively confiscate land belonging to local man Doan Van Vuon.

Vuon erected three barriers around the land, set off homemade mines, and opened fire on the police. Six officers were injured during the incident.

On January 10, Vuon and three other members of his family were detained and prosecuted for attempted murder. His wife was also charged but released on bail.

She on Monday denounced the police for damaging private property.

The incident has caused a stir amongst the community.

Dang Hung Vo, former vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, told VnExpress online newspaper that the district People's Committee had made the wrong decision which violated the Law on Land.

Lawyers also said that the district authority was to be blamed and must pay compensation for damaging Vuon's private property. — VNS

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