Vietnam land dispute sets off rampage

Featured - August 16th, 2012

A land dispute in Vietnam’s central Ha Tinh province set off an uproar that left two government officials injured, AFP reports.

According to state media Thanh Nien, hundreds of villagers attacked the local government office and smashed furniture after a 27-year old man was arrested for allegedly assaulting two officials in a clash over land seizures. Two local officials from the Communist Party were badly injured and taken to the hospital while others were wounded. Authorities said they were investigating the rampage.

Land is considered as state property in Communist Vietnam. Farmers have urged the government for land reforms to protect their rights over the land which became their homes.

Land disputes have long gripped Vietnam: a number of land disputes between local officials and residents have ended violently, with one case involving home-made explosives used by a farmer to defend his land.