Those people are residents in Phan Thiet city’s three wards of Lac Dao, Duc Long and Duc Thang and Ham Hiep commune in Ham Thuan Bac district. A person named Ngo Duy Nam, born 1982 in Binh Phuoc province, was suspected to have paid others to cause the disturbance.
Most of the detainees admitted that strangers offered them money, food and drinks to throw stones and petrol bombs at authorised forces and damage the headquarters of the provincial People’s Committee and some other facilities.
The disturbance occurred on June 10-11 as a group of people gathered and moved to the provincial People’s Committee headquarters to protest a draft law on special administrative-economic units. Traffic in Phan Thiet city on those days was paralysed.
According to statistics, during the two days, 12 automobiles were burned while 18 motorbikes and automobiles were destroyed in Bac Binh district. Meanwhile, 30 police officers were injured and headquarters of the Binh Thuan Fire Police Department in Phan Ri Cua town of Tuy Phong district was seriously damaged.
In Phan Thiet city, 23 automobiles and motorbikes were burned and one car was damaged. Protestors also destroyed the fence around the provincial People’s Committee headquarters, as well as some parts of other provincial agencies. There were 44 wounded police officers, with most of them discharged from hospital.