Vietnam demands thorough investigation into death of migrant worker

Hanoi-Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has instructed its economic and cultural office and other relevant agencies in Taiwan to ensure a thorough investigation into the death of a Vietnamese worker.

The death of runaway Nguyen Quoc Phi at the hands of the police on Aug. 31 in Hsinchu County has sparked protests from the Vietnamese migrant worker community in Taiwan.

According to a report from Vietnamese media outlet Zing.vn, the Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taiwan has requested a thorough investigation into Nguyen's death and has been cooperating with their counterparts in Vietnam to ensure that the rights of the deceased are observed.

On Monday, the Migrants Empowerment Network in Taiwan called for surveillance footage or other images of the shooting to be released to determine whether the police action abided by protocol.

27-year old Nguyen was shot dead by a police officer in Hsinchu County after he allegedly attacked police who tried to detain him for theft and vandalism and then tried to steal their police cruiser, according to a statement released by the the National Police Agency on Monday.

After failing to subdue the man with a police baton and pepper spray, the police officer fired nine shots in an attempt to contain the situation, which has prompted some quarters to wonder whether this was a case of police brutality and racial profiling.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel