Fishermen, unhappy because they were prevented from recovering artefacts from a shipwreck in Quang Ngai province, express their displeasure by attacking the policemen guarding the wreck.
People stone policemen to prevent exploration of ancient wreck
Vietnam Net, 15 October 2012
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Considering the 500-year-old ancient wreck that contains antiques in the sea of Binh Chau commune in Quang Ngai province as the “fortune” from the sea, hundreds of fishermen stoned the police and explorers to prevent them from exploring the ship on October 13.
On the morning of October 13, while the authorities were making a survey at the shipwreck, dozens of fishermen of Binh Chau commune swam to the sea to stone police officers and explorers. Some policemen were injured.
Dr. Doan Ngoc Khoi, Deputy Director of the Museum of Quang Ngai, who commanded the survey, said that while the divers and experts were doing their job, about 60 fishermen swam to the site.