Mayor urges vil­lagers to re­lease cap­tives

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - WORLD NEWS - The Associated Press

HANOI, Viet­nam — The mayor of Viet­nam’s cap­i­tal on Thurs­day urged vil­lagers en­gaged in a land dis­pute with au­thor­i­ties to re­lease the re­main­ing 20 po­lice and of­fi­cials they’ve been hold­ing since the week­end. The state-run Tuoi Tre news­pa­per quoted Nguyen Duc Chung as telling lo­cal of­fi­cials to per­suade the res­i­dents to re­move bar­ri­cades erected around Dong Tam vil­lage in My Duc Dis­trict on the out­skirts of Hanoi. The stand­off be­gan Sat­ur­day when po­lice clashed with vil­lagers who say their farm­land was taken il­le­gally for sale by a mil­i­tary-run tele­coms firm. Nine vil­lagers were ar­rested for dis­turb­ing pub­lic or­der but were later re­leased. The vil­lagers held 38 of­fi­cials and po­lice at a com­mu­nity house, but later re­leased 15 riot po­lice while three others man­aged to es­cape. “I will ask the vil­lagers to soon re­lease those who are be­ing held,” Chung said, try­ing to as­sure the vil­lage that au­thor­i­ties won’t use force to end the stand­off. He said the re­main­ing of­fi­cials and po­lice were treated well. Chung said that he wanted to meet vil­lage rep­re­sen­ta­tives as soon as Fri­day.

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