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Văn Giang: 4,000 Vietnamese police agents were used to seize lands, dislodging 4,000 farming families

Posted Apr 25 2012 10:53pm
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Văn Giang Văn Giang: 4,000 Vietnamese police agents were used to seize lands, dislodging 4,000 farming families

Another case of crony capitalism in Vietnam that Vietnamese officials  use force to rob lands from their ordinary peasants and sell it to developers for higher price. Officials have the right to revoke the lands for development projects, but have to provide full and fair compensation. According to current market price, farm land costs about $25 per square meter. The initial offer for their land was way below the market price, $2.70 then $7.50 per square meter, which is obviously a blatant robbery committed by Vietnamese authorities. Furthermore, the authorities do not care for the well-fare of 4,000 families, who will be dislodged from the land seizure. The authorities has not attempted to find other lands for those peasants to move to so that they can work to make a living. 

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Farmers are protesting over land seizures. " Ecopark future biggest urban of Northern region is stealing the people's land."

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Farmers are crying and denouncing that the government is helping hand in stealing farm lands and killing its citizens

Oppression can only last as long as the people can tolerate it and fear for their lives. When the people has had enough of the injustice and oppression, they will resist and revolt as illustrated in this current case and the case of Đoàn Văn Vươn in Jan. 5th, 2012.  The communist regime is sitting on a time-bomb, ready to explode anytime soon unless real social and political reforms are taken place before it is too late.



In one of the biggest land confrontations in Vietnam, about 2,000 Vietnamese villagers hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails on Tuesday at a larger group of armed security forces moving to seize their land in the outskirts of the capital Hanoi, witnesses said.

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Thousands of police force are gearing up at dawn for the assault

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Police force before the assault at dawn

VanGiang Văn Giang: 4,000 Vietnamese police agents were used to seize lands, dislodging 4,000 farming families

Bulldozers are being used to destroy living properties.

Backed by bulldozers, cranes, and excavators, more than 3,000 police and military personnel and unidentified men not in uniform moved in at the break of dawn to occupy 70 hectares (173 acres) of land in the district of Van Giang just east of Hanoi.

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Thousands of farmers are camping at night awaiting the police assault.

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farmers are camping on their lands at night

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Two thousand villagers had camped out at their farms overnight to try to hold onto their land. Police fired tear gas and smoke grenades to disperse the farmers, who pelted them with rocks and bricks. In the seven-hour siege, police fired warning shots to keep the people at bay while the farmers resisted the occupation by throwing bricks, glass bottles, stones, and Molotov cocktails, the witnesses said.

“Two thousand farmers from three villages of Van Giang District rallied and fought thousands of policemen and soldiers who came [to take] a 70-hectare area early in the morning,” one resident of Xuan Quan village told RFA. “There were 3,000 or more [security forces].”

“We [told them] this is our land, we have not sold it and not yet taken [any] payments.”

Authorities in northern Vietnam have detained 20 people after thousands of police evicted farmers from their land to make way for a satellite city, witnesses and state media said Wednesday.

A video posted on YouTube showed police beating a villager. The sound of shots can be heard in the background. The video could not be verified, and it was unclear who was firing the shots and what type of weapon was being used.

Wednesday’s Thanh Nien newspaper quoted Bui Huy Thanh, chief administrator of Hung Yen provincial People’s Committee, as saying police detained 20 villagers for their “extremist behavior,” seized gasoline bottles and many bags of bricks, and are investigating ring leaders for assaulting officials on duty.

“This group of people do not have any other demand than demanding to cancel the project and return land to the villagers,” he said. “This demand is unacceptable because the project was approved by the prime minister … and people’s interests were met fairly.”

Thanh said the eviction involved 5.8 hectares (14 acres) of 166 families, part of the 72.6 hectares (180 acres) in the second phase of the project.

The Ecopark project was awarded to Viet Hung Co. Ltd., a private company, in 2004 to develop a satellite city in Hung Yen province that would cover 500 hectares (1,235 acres) in three villages about 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of the capital, Hanoi, officials have said. More than 4,000 families will lose their farmland.

Viet Hung has planned to build EcoPark, a satellite city with  investment  costs estimated at around U.S. $250 million, on the site since 2004. However, the project was halted following a series of protests in 2006, but the farmers say development has since restarted.

The farmers had periodically staged protests in Hanoi to demand higher compensation or cancel the project altogether. Another protester who gave her name only as Kiem said her family lost 900 square meters (9,687 square feet) of land as a result of Tuesday’s eviction.

Kiem said the company initially offered 55,000 dong ($2.70) per square meter of farmland in 2005 and has since raised the rate to 150,000 dong ($7.50).However, her families and some 1,800 others did not agree to give up their land.

“If they want the land we just ask that the investors come to talk to us directly about it, but they won’t,” a villager named Tuyen in Van Giang told Reuters news agency.

“We are farmers, we need land to make our living,” she said by telephone from Hung Yen. “Now that we lost our land, how can we survive?”

All land in Vietnam belongs to the state, and people only have the right to use it. Land expropriation has been linked to several high-profile incidents of unrest in recent years.

Source AFP and Eurasia review

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