Police hunt for 60 escaped drug addicts in Vietnam

2016-11-07 19:05

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Hanoi — Police in southern Vietnam are searching for 60 drug addicts who escaped from a rehabilitation centre, an official said on Monday.

Ho Van Loc, deputy director of the labour department in Dong Nai province, said 133 inmates burned their clothes and other belongings before escaping from the centre on Sunday. Authorities have so far recaptured 73 of them.

Loc said the inmates continued to pressure authorities on Monday to allow them to get out, throwing rocks, pans and pots at police who had been stationed around the centre since Sunday trying to keep order.

State media said police had to use tear gas to bring them under control.

Loc said several inmates who were suspected of starting the unrest have been detained for questioning.

Last month, 562 inmates from the same centre, which holds 1 481 inmates, escaped.

Officials have said that rehabilitation programmes in Vietnam — which combine education, communist ideology and physical labour for one to two years — have a high failure rate, with more than 90% of the addicts relapsing within five years.

There are an estimated 200 000 drug addicts in Vietnam, many of them heroin users.

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