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Fatherland Front to visit Hai Phong

Update: January, 20/2012 - 10:22

HA NOI — The Central Committee of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front will prepare a field trip to probe into the high-profile incident of farmers firing at local police over a forced land eviction in the northern city of Hai Phong's Tien Lang rural district.

On January 5, about 100 police took part in seizing land from Doan Van Vuon, whose lease on 50-ha swamp land that was said to have been expired.

Vuon and his relatives tried to stop the operation by laying home-made mines and firing at polices using sawed-off shotguns, leaving six police and army officers injured. All were later arrested.

Deputy chairman of the Front, Vu Trong Kim, said that the Front would act in a supervisory role but would provide necessary comments.

He said they wanted to paint a bigger picture of the relations between local authorities and farmers.

They also wanted to check on political and social organisations for labourers, how laws were enforced and how armed forces were engaged in land eviction.

Several committee members said that although the incident had received intensive media coverage, there were still a number of issues left unclear.

These included the whole process of land eviction, how farmers were compensated, and what was the role of local authorities and the Fatherland Front?

Earlier, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung requested the municipal People's Committee chairman to launch a full investigation to identify who was responsible for the eviction and report back to the Government. — VNS

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