Tourist beaten by seafood vendors in Vietnam's resort town

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Nguyen Thi My Hoa, 23, says a group of vendors attacked her after she complained about being cheated. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Nguyen Thi My Hoa, 23, says a group of vendors attacked her after she complained about being cheated. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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Police in the central province of Binh Thuan are seeking criminal charges against a group of seafood vendors for beating a tourist after she complained about being ripped off. 
The group has been identified and police are proposing charges of deliberately injuring others, Tuoi Tre quoted an unnamed officer as saying.
The case happened on June 27 when Nguyen Thi My Hoa, 23, and two friends were visiting La Gi, a beach town more than 150 kilometers east of Ho Chi Minh City.
After buying some seafood from a local woman on the beach, the trio found that they were given much less than what they had paid for. One of them bought four kilograms but eventually got only two.
Hoa complained about it, only to see a group of vendors rush in and attack her. 
She was taken to a local hospital with injuries in her face.
Hoa said she does not want compensation: “I only hope that local authorities will take strict measures against the violent people.”
“Otherwise, it will hurt La Gi’s image,” said the woman from southern Dong Nai Province.
The unnamed La Gi police officer was quoted by Tuoi Tre as saying that La Gi has been a peaceful tourist destination.
“We are very sorry about the case... We will mete out strict punishment and prevent similar cases to protect La Gi’s image.”

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