‘Unprecedented’ Standoff ends, Vietnam Promises Resolution, Activists and Civil Society Called for...

‘Unprecedented’ Standoff ends, Vietnam Promises Resolution, Activists and Civil Society Called for ‘Backward’ Land Laws to be Reformed

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This man was evicted from his property by Saigon authorities and has been was living in a tent in June, 2016. Civil activists in Vietnam have called for a reform of “backward” land laws. (Photo by Mary Vo).

ucanews.com reporter

Activists and intellectuals in Vietnam have called on the government to stop allowing authorities to grab land in the wake of a standoff where officials were taken hostage by disgruntled villagers.

Villagers of Dong Tam commune freed 19 officials on April 22 after holding them captive for a week when the government promised to investigate the injustice they say drove them to such an extreme act.

The villagers initially held captive 38 officials in an act that was a response to government attempts to expel villagers from disputed land on the outskirts of Hanoi, the country’s capital.