Vietnam mourners clash with riot police: Reports
HANOI (AFP) - Angry mourners clashed with riot police at a funeral procession in northern Vietnam at the weekend, state media said Monday, in a rare mass protest at alleged impunity for the country's communist elite.
Sunday's unrest was triggered by the death of Nguyen Tuan Anh, whose family claims he was killed by the son-in-law of a powerful local official, according to the Tuoi Tre daily.
Video clips and photos posted online showed police struggling to contain thousands of mourners as they stormed through the town of Vinh Yen bearing the coffin of Anh, whose disfigured body was pulled from a sewer earlier in the day.
In one widely-shared image, a riot policeman is seen knocking over a white-headband wearing family member in the funeral procession, prompting a storm of online criticism of authorities' handling of the unrest.