Mường Nhé District

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Mường Nhé District
Huyện Mường Nhé
Rural district
District location in northern Vietnam
District location in northern Vietnam
Country  Vietnam
Region Northwest
Province Điện Biên
Capital Mường Nhé
Area
 • Total 968 sq mi (2,508 km2)
Population (2003)
 • Total 34,829
Time zone Indochina Time (UTC+07:00)

Mường Nhé is a rural district of Điện Biên Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam. As of 2003, the district had a population of 34,829.[1] The district covers an area of 2,508 km². The district capital lies at Mường Nhé.[1] It contains the 182,000 hectare Mường Nhé Nature Reserve.

Geography[edit]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Muong Nhe has 16 administrative units, including 1 town and 15 communes:

2011 Mường Nhé incident[edit]

On late April 2011, 7,000 people, most of them ethnic Hmong Christians have demonstrated against the government in Huoi Khon and neighboring villages, some of whom calling for an independent Hmong kingdom [1]. Police and army, allegedly equipped with attack helicopters, were quick to dissipate the unrest [2].

On 13 March 2012, eight ethnic Hmong men who allegedly traveled to Mường Nhé in 2011 to pray and await the arrival of a new king were jailed for up to 30 months guilty of "disturbing public order" by attempting to set up an independent Hmong kingdom in Mường Nhé. The government media blame on the culprits were illiterate and blame the unrest to a "millenarian plot". [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Districts of Vietnam". Statoids. Retrieved March 13, 2009. 


Coordinates: 22°11′30″N 102°27′20″E / 22.19167°N 102.45556°E / 22.19167; 102.45556