Vietnam to review land matters after revocation gun battle

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will establish a delegation to review the distribution, leasing and use of coastal land in several provinces and cities next month, VnExpress reported Monday.

According to the newswire, the ministry also previously asked local governments to review all matters related to coastal land, including their decision to revoke expired lands, and report on them by this Wednesday.

All reports will be sent to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung next month, it said

The ministry made the moves after the PM came down hard on Hai Phong authorities in Tien Lang District for illegally revoking land last month, VnExpress reported.

Last week, the district's authorities withdrew a decision to take back the 19.3 hectare swampland of Doan Van Vuon, 54, after the PM concluded that that revocation, which incited violent resistance from Vuon's family, as well as the original lease on the land in 1997 were both illegal.


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Meanwhile, the Hai Phong People's Committee dismissed Le Van Hien, chairman of Tien Lang, and vice chairman Nguyen Van Khanh, from their positions.

Other officials who were involved in the revocation that turned violent on January 5 Hoang Dang Chinh, chief of the district's military command, Le Van Mai, chief of district's police division, and Bui The Nghia, secretary of the district's Party Unit have also received warnings.

On January 5, around 100 soldiers and police officers from Tien Lang District stormed Vuon's land in a forced evacuation. But Vuon and his family resisted with improvised shotguns and homemade mines, injuring six policemen and soldiers.

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