Police in Hanoi are investigating a filmed clash involving a group of young Vietnamese men and two foreign men on a street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter on Sunday.
The fight lasted for several minutes on the pedestrian-only Hang Buom Street of the old town in Hoan Kiem District, as shown in a video clip of the clash on social media, local police reported.
Although no reports were filed, police have launched a probe into the fight, a representative of the Hoan Kiem administration told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
T., a resident on Hang Buom was standing and smoking on the sidewalk at about 1:30 am on Sunday when he saw two foreign men with signs of being drunk walking down the street, according to initial reports
The foreigners then came close to a group of three or four Vietnamese men sitting on the sidewalk nearby to ask for a lighter to light their cigarettes.
But the two sides fell into a conflict for an unknown cause and the foreign men swore at the local men and gestured to mock them.
T. approached the foreigners to put them off but one of them attempted to assault him.
He managed to dodge the attack and threw a plastic chair toward his attacker.
At this moment, some people of the Vietnamese group also threw such chairs, along with beer bottles, repeatedly at one of the two foreigners.
As seen in the video clip, the attacked foreigner shielded himself with his arm from the objects thrown and later reacted by giving a few punches to one of his opponents.
The scuffle ended when the foreigner’s head started bleeding and he was pushed away from the scene by his companion.
An investigation into the case is underway, the district police said, adding they will provide official information to the media after finishing the probe.