Thirty residents in Binh Thuan Province, located in south-central Vietnam, have been sentenced to jail terms of up to 3.5 years for disturbing public order during a riot-like situation in early June.
Their trial was carried out at the People’s Court in Phan Thiet, the capital of Binh Thuan, on Wednesday.
The defendants were condemned to between two years and three and a half years in prison for disrupting public order.
Most of them are Phan Thiet citizens with low education and insufficient understanding of Vietnamese law.
According to the indictment, a group of people assembled at the headquarters of the Binh Thuan People’s Committee on the evening of June 10, and began throwing rocks and homemade petrol bombs at on-duty officers.
|Defendants stand their trial on October 31, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
The group also used vehicles to knock down gates before moving to the headquarters of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment to continue the riot.
It took police until the following morning to put the situation under control.
At 8:00 pm on June 11, people continued rallying in front of the provincial administration and attacking the facility and law enforcement officers.
Many of them were eventually apprehended.
A total of three automobiles and 17 motorbikes were burned, many offices at the two headquarters were damaged, and several police officers were injured during the incident.
Prior to Wednesday’s sentencing, 32 people were already put behind bars for their involvment in the case.