Three people including a woman, who were visiting a patient at the Thong Nhat General Hospital in Dong Nai Province yesterday, were assaulted by the hospital security staff, allegedly for smoking a cigarette.
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The victims were Nguyen Van Son, his wife Mai Thi Hang, and son Nguyen Van Ho, who were in the hospital to see Ho’s wife, who had just delivered a child.
Hang and Ho were knocked unconscious while Son was injured.
Son told the Bien Hoa City police who arrived on the scene that he was smoking a cigarette when a guard came over and told him to stop smoking. He said he would stop after one more puff, but the guard kicked the cigarette away from his hand before starting to hit him.
Finding his father being assaulted, Ho held the attacker in his arms but other guards rushed to the scene, kicked Ho, and beat him on the head with batons until he fell unconscious.
Hang tried to intervene but she was also knocked senseless.
Witnesses confirmed Son’s story, roundly condemning the guards’ cruelty.
All the three were treated at the hospital.