September 15, 2020
A Vietnam court sentenced two brothers to death Monday after a long-running land dispute spiraled into rare violence which left three police officers and a villager dead. Residents of Dong Tam commune in a Hanoi suburb have for years clashed with authorities, accusing the military of illegally seizing their farmland for an airport. In January officials attempted to erect a perimeter fence, but were met with villagers armed with “grenades, petrol bombs and knives”, according to the Ministry of Public Security. The clash left three police officers and an elderly resident, Le DinhKinh, dead.