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One of Hanoi's most unlike markets is the flea market. It is not only different by the name, but also by the market selling countless "in the sky and under the sea".

It converges all kinds of goods, old, new, from all sources, including the typical supply from the thief. It is a place where many people like me used to come in search of the purchase of their own mirror - being "erranded" when parked on the street.

We found a mirror. The owner of the stall smiled wryly, falling nearly with a new mirror. Receiving the money, he pocketed it, looking like he wanted the other thing to happen again.

We knew well that our thirteen properties had been stolen, and sold at a place with an address, a clear person, and money to buy. I wondered where the police are, the local government, why is nobody protecting the rights of citizens in a market condoned for thieves, in the heart of Hanoi?

That concern is even stronger, when thinking of Hanoi President Nguyen Duc Chung himself also resolutely directed to eliminate such "flea markets" - with a clear perception that their existence abetted. for stall. That is, the authorities don't know what is going on.

This feeling made me think more and more about an issue that everyone seemed to know: What was the state or the government born for?

The question seems excuse, when the government, or the state, for many people seems to take the position naturally. But the state is not naturally born.

Thomas Hobbes, a British political thinker, identified the most essential, most basic function of the State as "providing the utmost security and safety for every individual in a world full of uncertainty and danger. ”. Because how many material possessions an individual makes and what is robbed ends up doing? Does anyone still want to sweat, boil tears to work? The foundation of a state, the legitimacy of a governmental system to exist, must first be to ensure personal safety and security for the community.

Army to prevent outside intrusions; and the police, to eliminate crime and protect people from within are the basic institutions that help the state achieve that goal. The law, and the law enforcement mechanism, were born first.

Therefore, when officials in the highest ranks of the police force are arrested for alleged crimes, the problem is no longer in individuals. It's just an allegation, just a hypothesis, but people's belief in the system of power and justice is left open by the question: If the symbol of power of the government against crime is 'patronage'. criminals, so people know based on whom?

In this story, a classic principle of politics is shown again: Power tends to corrupt. The more absolute the power, the more the alienation. Without control, power from the pursuit of purpose and good ideals is in danger of going in the opposite direction.

Not only handling individual officials in violation; The police department is also planning in detail to rearrange its structure. But to address the problem more thoroughly, a broader approach to the "police sector" is needed by a comprehensive recognition and re-evaluation of the judicial system, especially the criminal justice system. A procedural system is composed of the main parts: Investigation Agency (police force that functions to investigate crime); prosecuting and convicting bodies (The Procuracy acts on behalf of the government to present evidence of accusations; judicial authorities (courts) and lawyers.

From the perspective of control and balance of power, when the power is concentrated on a part too much, the risk of abuse from that department will naturally be high. Therefore, the issue is not only internal reform, but also other parties involved in the proceedings such as the Procuracy, Court, and lawyers need to be reformed to strengthen accordingly.

It is also a critical time for parliament to ask the relevant law enforcement agencies to conduct detailed explanations so that they can fully assess the issue, before coming to a formal policy reform. At a higher level, an independent parliamentary investigation is also absolutely necessary to collect evidence and suggestions, not only in the police or judicial sectors; but all other social sectors for this important work.

Talented judge Tom C. Clark once made a widely known statement: "Nothing can ruin a government faster than its failure to enforce its own laws."

For me, an incident was discovered as an opportunity to regain the trust of people in law enforcement.

I hope that from then on, the flea markets selling stolen goods in the blue bar can be excluded, not to mention a myriad of other "ignorant" markets. From there, the new citizens can be assured that the State is dedicated to doing its best to protect their property and safety and security.

Nguyen Quang Dong