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    Southeast Asia
     Feb 12, '14


'Thugs' fire on farmers in Vietnam land dispute
By Mac Lam

A group of gun-toting men hired by the developer of a satellite city on the edge of Vietnam’s capital shot at unarmed farmers on Tuesday trying to reclaim rice fields which are to be flattened as part of the mega-project, injuring five of them, one severely, sources said.

The farmers were among residents in Hun Yen province's Van Giang district whose protest against the confiscation of their farmland in April 2012 was brutally suppressed by the authorities.

Nearly two years after their protest, the dispute remains unsettled, and residents of Phung Cong village, where the incident took



place, are among those who have continued to petition the central government to have their land returned to them.

A source from Phung Cong, who spoke to RFA’s Vietnamese Service on condition of anonymity, said that on Tuesday agents hired by the developer of the US$8 billion dollar EcoPark project used home-made guns to fire at villagers who tried to regain their rice fields.

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