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Vietnam jails two for anti-China riots as anti-Beijing march is held in Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 May, 2014, 5:31am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 May, 2014, 4:31pm
 

Two Vietnamese workers were sentenced on Sunday for a total of 48 months in jail for "stealing" and "causing trouble" during anti-China riots in the southern province of Binh Duong, according to provincial authorities, the Lao Dong  newspaper reports.

The men, the first among 276 defendants detained two weeks earlier, were said to take advantage of the demonstrations against China’s deployment of an oil rig in the disputed South China Sea to steal office supplies, provoke the crowd, and destroy others’ properties, the report said.

Meanwhile on Sunday, about 200 protesters staged an anti-China protest in Hong Kong over the sovereignty dispute – the first of its kind so close to the mainland.

The protesters, many of them Vietnamese now resident in Hong Kong, and other supporters, marched peacefully from the government's headquarters in Admiralty to a branch office of China's foreign ministry brandishing red-starred Vietnamese flags, singing patriotic songs and chanting Vietnamese slogans.

The protesters, watched by around two dozen policemen, were led by a young Vietnamese man holding a portrait of their country's late, wispy-bearded revolutionary leader and former president, Ho Chi Minh.

"China, the whole world knows, is now invading into our territorial waters … We love our country," said one of the protest organisers, Mo Pak-fung.

"We are coming out today because we hope China will leave Vietnam … We don't want a war to occur," added Mo, who comes from Vietnam but has lived in Hong Kong for the past 25 years.

Tensions flared between Vietnam and China after Beijing deployed an oil exploration rig in disputed waters near the Paracel Islands, which China calls the Xisha Islands and Vietnam calls the Hoang Sa Islands.

Protesters in Hong Kong waved several banners reading, "We love Peace withdraw 981 oil rig out of Vietnam sea", and "We need help from international communities". They did not rule out further action in Hong Kong.

The placement of the oil rig to a location 240km off Vietnam's coast in an area both counties claim unleashed a deadly wave of violence across Vietnam as thousands of protesters rampaged in industrial zones.

Vietnam says the islands fall within its continental shelf and a 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone.

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lamlm38
these motherfxxxs should be deported back to VN immediately!!!
rem.meyerrochow
I am proud of HK for allowing people to express their view freely. Whether we agree or not with the views of the protesters, let's please support the freedom they have in HK.
How About
To be seen to take no position, shouldn't SCMP report the names of the islands as in Xisha Paracel /.., for impartiality?
53827ba3-9898-438b-a5e0-08de0a3209ca
Those islands were claimed by the Chinese in an unprovoked attack back in the 1970 (don't know the exact date) leaving 50 Vietnamese sailor dead. The most famous of them all is the captain, who after telling all the crew to save themselves, went down along with his vessel.
Other than the use of force to occupy those islands, China only argument for claiming those islands were "inherent," "natural," or "ancestral land," which amount to being silly. I hope the Vietnamese people stand up in defiance to this obnoxious Chinese party and hopefully the international community will help.
537d8430-2524-4aa8-9013-08e00a3209ca
These dirt from Vietnam have no place in Hong Kong.
williechow
There goes the myth that China controls Hong Kong.
grosvenor2007
You make very fair comments as usual. Those who Dislike your neutral comments are hypocrites.
It is so apparent that SCMP is a biased post with intends to flair anti-Chinese sentiments, using subliminal tactics, word plays, and carefully edited contents to distort facts and steer readers to its purpose. Shame on this ex-colonial entity. I am starting to believe MI6 and other western spies are behind this newspaper agency.
How About
Clearly you need to read up before commenting.
GuoJieke
In ignoring history, you're more than silly!
5382f279-c1a4-47cc-a41c-52c00a3209cb
Oh the irony: VN protesters in HK telling China to leave?.

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