In Vietnam, authorities compensate street vendor for officials' assault

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Ho Chi Minh City authorities Wednesday paid VND7.8 million (US$367) as compensation to a street vendor for being attacked by urban management officials in a case that made headlines and sparked public anger.

People's Committee officials from Ward 25 in Binh Thanh District also apologized to fruit seller Trinh Xuan Tinh, 34, and returned his motorbike, which had been seized by the officials during the encounter December 6.

Nine officials from the ward Urban Management Unit were on duty that day and clearing streets of vendors.

When they caught Tinh and seized his motorbike, he pleaded with them to stop, saying it was his only means of earning a living.

According to Tinh and witnesses, the officials then handcuffed, beat, and tasered him and left him unconscious on the street for nearly an hour before taking him to hospital.

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His manhandling was also caught on video by passers-by.

After the case made media headlines, ward authorities sacked one official, Tan Quay Hung, 27, and suspended another, Tran Duy Nhat, 28.

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