22 Aug '11, 10am

Eight still held after Vietnam protest: Police newspaper

HANOI (AFP) - Eight anti-China demonstrators who defied government orders to end an unprecedented series of rallies remain in custody for investigation, an official Vietnamese police newspaper reported on Monday. They were among 47 detained at the rally on Sunday beside Hoan Kiem lake in central Hanoi, An Ninh Thu Do reported. Protesters were objecting to China's 'invasion' of South China Sea waters where the two nations have a longstanding sovereignty dispute. Thirty-nine were later released but the other eight are being investigated for two criminal offences: causing public disorder and resisting officials performing their duties, the paper said. Both crimes can carry jail terms.

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