Dong Anh district police in Hanoi arrested two suspects on February 2 for their alleged involvement in a Korean golf course clash over land disputes last December that injured dozens of police and security guards.
Le Ngoc Tuyen, 19, and Le Van Mung, 21, were among the 16 suspected ring leaders who allegedly instigated about 150 local Dong Anh residents to attack police officers and security guards with petrol bombs, stones, sticks and pitch forks at the groundbreaking ceremony of an 18-hole golf course in Kim No commune December 13.
Police urged the 14 other suspects to give themselves up soon or they would be put on the nation’s wanted list. All 16 were charged with disturbing public order and attacking on-duty officers.
The riot at the Kim No golf course construction site was triggered when local residents expressed their discontent over the compensation they had received for land which had been appropriated for the golf course project by Noble Vietnam Co under the Daewoo Group, said authorities.
Around 30 policeman and guards were reportedly injured during the disturbance. Three were hospitalised, including two lieutenant colonels and a major.
[See Vietnam Media Watch December 14 2004]