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Elderly woman dies in police hands
75-year-old was protesting over land grabs and unpaid pension
- Asia Desk, Bangkok
- November 14, 2012
Ha Thi Nhung, 75, fell down when police took her away from the protest at a public flower garden in the capital, according to sources present.
Protesters then tried to use herbal oil to treat her â€śbut failed to save her life,â€ť said a person at the scene who declined to be identified.
However, state-run newspapers said the victim â€śsuffered severe flu and died suddenly.â€ť
Nhung, a retired civil servant who was previously awarded the prestigious Resistance War Medal, travelled from her home in Thanh Hoa south of Hanoi on Thursday to meet with officials to discuss her pension after it was reportedly not paid for years.
â€śShe had no money and had to borrow from other protesters to cover her accommodation in Hanoi,â€ť said a source at the demonstration.
Officials in Thanh Hoa recently confiscated Nhungâ€™s house ownership papers, according to those who knew her, another reason why she decided to join the demonstration which reportedly included other people involved in land disputes.
Last year, Vietnam recorded 4,000 similar protests over land disputes leading Nguyen Sinh Hung, chairman of the National Assembly, to admit recently that such cases â€śare very serious and caused by authorities making wrong decisions.â€ť