Two arrested for leading mob in beating of local officials

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Two people who allegedly led an angry mob that assaulted a commune chairman and vice chairman were arrested after the incident, which took place during a demonstration against the arrest of a man who had protested a land revocation.

Police in the north-central province of Ha Tinh accused Dang Van Dinh, 33, Dang Van Quang, 42, and Dang Van Toan, 20, of the August 14 assault. Dinh and Quang were arrested Wednesday, but Toan is still at large.

The police said the three had led a crowd of hundreds of people that surround the Yen Loc Commune People's Committee, demanding that commune leaders make the police release Dang Van Cong, 27, who was being held for resisting police during a land revocation.

Around 20 young men, including the three, beat commune chairman Nguyen Huy Que, 53, and his deputy Duong Chi Thanh, 51, with canes, sending them to the hospital.

They also attacked other officials who tried to clear the crowd later, including Tran Van Son, the police chief of Can Loc District, his deputy Pham Tai, and four other police officers.

Local authorities said Cong had worked on land that belonged to the commune office. He was asked to go away but refused and was arrested by district police.

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