A police officer was attacked as he was trying to stop a group of local residents from singing loud karaoke songs in Da Nang last weekend.
The incident occurred on Saturday night, Senior Lieutenant Colonel Phan Minh Man, chief of police in Son Tra District, confirmed on Tuesday, adding that Junior Lieutenant Nguyen Quoc Huy was injured in the attack.
According to preliminary information, residents in Nai Hien Dong Ward in Son Tra District reported a noisy karaoke party within a local apartment complex at around 10:00 pm.
A group of about 20 people were eating, drinking, and singing karaoke with a big loudspeaker at the venue.
Multiple officers, including Junior Lieutenant Huy, were tasked with dealing with the issue.
As they failed to convince the locals to stop the noisy songs, Huy decided to turn off the speaker himself, but he ended up having his head hit with a chair by Tran Van Hai, one of the drinkers.
Some other party goers also pushed and attempted to attack the officer.
As Huy’s teammates and local residents tried to stop the violence, the attackers began throwing chairs at them.
They only ceased and fled the scene after more officers arrived.
Hai turned himself in on Sunday, while four other suspects have also been probed for obstruction of police officers.
A resident who witnessed the incident posted the story to Facebook, raising awareness of the problem as well as urging authorities to take more drastic action against loud karaoke signing.
It is not uncommon to hear karaoke noise in almost every neighborhood across Vietnam since many people prefer showing off their ‘talent’ in the comfort of their homes instead of using services at a karaoke parlor.
Parties are the frequent venues of such karaoke but more often than not people sing wherever and whenever they like to.
In early March 2018, a team of officials and police officers was attacked by a family while attempting to measure the sound level at their karaoke party in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.
One of the officers sustained serious injuries to his neck, while two other victims had their faces and stomachs hurt.
The attackers were eventually apprehended.