US embassy official roughs up people in Hue

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Agencies in the central province of Thua Thien Hue are reviewing a case where a foreigner, claiming to be an official of the US embassy, had caused public disorder on Tuesday (January 4).


A source told Thanh Nien that the man, who claimed to be Christian Marchant a political official at the US Embassy in Hanoi, was seen screaming and cursing some Vietnamese people in both English and Vietnamese with rude words on Phan Dinh Phung Street in Hue city.


A staff from the provincial Department of Foreign Affairs then intervened, asking the official to stop, but the man refused, pushing the local official aside, making him fall down, according to witnesses.


The man also punched in the face of a person standing nearby and pushed around some more people, they said.


Local police came to stop him and invited him to the Department of Foreign Affairs, where he showed a card identifying his name and post. He then left on his own will.


Asked about the incident, Nguyen Phuong Nga, spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thursday said Vietnam always facilitates the activities of diplomatic agencies and diplomats in accordance with international regulations, including the Vienna Convention diplomatic relations in 1961.


On the other hand, the latter are supposed to follow the convention and respect the host country's regulations, she said.


No further details were available about the incident.


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