Vietnam asks Cambodia to investigate mob killing of ethnic Vietnamese

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The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked Cambodian authorities to investigate and soon bring to justice a mob that allegedly killed a Vietnamese-Cambodian man on the streets last Saturday.

The ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said at a regular press briefing Thursday that Vietnam also wants Cambodia to take measures to prevent similar acts aimed at ethnic Vietnamese, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.

“We condemn any act of inciting racist violence,” he said.

The Cambodia Daily reported that the Vietnamese embassy in Cambodia is closely following the investigation into the mob killing of Tran Van Chien and its representatives are meeting with the police to monitor the progress.

“We have been meeting people in the community to find out what exactly happened,” embassy spokesman Tran Van Thong said further, confirming meetings with the police.

Chien, 30, who was born to Vietnamese parents in Kompong Chhnang Province, was killed by an angry crowd after a minor traffic accident in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.

The clash is believed to have begun when a bystander, seeing an argument between a group of ethnic Vietnamese and some Cambodians, yelled out: “Yuon fight Khmer,” The Cambodia Daily reported.

The police have arrested and charged Von Chanvutha, 50, who is said to have incited the killing.

Thong said the embassy condemned racism and violence and demanded a thorough investigation to find those responsible for Chean’s death. Witnesses said the mob numbered around 20.

“This kind of violence cannot be allowed to happen again,” Thong said. “The Cambodian police must find those responsible.”

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