25 Nov '11, 12pm

Vietnam PM calls for law on demonstrations #news #vietnam

Vietnam PM calls for law on demonstrations #news #vietnam

HANOI - Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung called Friday for a law on demonstrations after a rare series of rallies earlier this year over a territorial spat showed gaps in existing legislation. For 11 weeks from June, protestors staged demonstrations against Chinese actions in the South China Sea, the scene of long-standing tensions between the neighbouring countries over rival territorial claims. Protests are rare in authoritarian Vietnam, but analysts said some of the anti-China rallies were tolerated because they helped express Hanoi's displeasure with Beijing. Other marches were broken up by police. "We do not have a demonstration law so it's difficult for the people and for the administration," Nguyen Tan Dung told the communist country's National Assembly. He called for legislation on protests "to ensure people's rights to freedom and democracy under the const...

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