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Debt collectors attacked, forced to kneel down by debtors in northern Vietnam

Sunday, April 07, 2019, 15:06 GMT+7
Debt collectors attacked, forced to kneel down by debtors in northern Vietnam
Three debt collectors from Hung Thinh Company following the attack in the northern province of Quang Ninh in early April 2019. Photo: Facebook

Police in the northern Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh are probing a case where a group of debt collectors were attacked by the debtors, after a video of the incident was posted to social media.

A police official in Dong Trieu Town, Quang Ninh Province confirmed on Saturday that those who were involved in the case had been summoned to the police station to assist the investigation.

Preliminary information showed that three employees of Hung Thinh Debt Collecting Company, based in Ho Chi Minh City, arrived at the house of a family in Dong Trieu Town in early April.

The family owes VND400 million (US$17,200) to a company in the southern metropolis and has failed to pay up for years.

The firm had previously signed a contract with Hung Thinh Company, and the three employees had been tasked with collecting the debt.

An argument apparently broke out during a meeting between the debt collectors and debtors, which eventually resulted in violence.

One of the men is bleeding and is forced to kneel down. Photo: Facebook

One of the men is bleeding and is forced to kneel down. Photo: Facebook

According to a video that was uploaded to Facebook, the three men from Hung Thinh Company were attacked by the local family.

They were then forced to get on their knees, keep their faces close to the ground, and stay still.

One of the men could be seen bleeding and trying to wipe the blood with a piece of tissue.

According to the police official, leaders of Hung Thinh Company have also submitted a report to officers in Dong Trieu Town.

An investigation is being carried out to verify the debt amount, as well as the legitimacy of Hung Thinh Company’s operations.

Police officers will also look into who first started the violence.

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